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July 15, 2020

Fresh COVID-19 restrictions affect Usman’s Olympics training

Sports

July 15, 2020

KARACHI: The COVID-19 restrictions in Australia have affected Pakistan rider Usman’s training for the next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Usman says that due to border restrictions, he has been focusing on mental strength rather than physical strength training. “Australia came out of shutdown in June and back into smart lockdown in July with level 3 restrictions. We are based in part of Victoria which is not under lockdown but state borders are now sealed for six weeks. We can’t get out,” Usman told ‘The News’ from Melbourne.

“In these times we exercise mental strength rather than physical strength training,” he said. “Europe has actively commenced the season with recently concluded FEI event in Strzegom, Poland. While USA has started their show jumping season, followed by eventing competition at Lexington VA in July 2020. Unfortunately, Australia which is the least affected has cancelled several events not only because of COVID-19 restrictions but also because of rising cost of expenses to meet safety standards,” he said. “I don’t think we can simulate real competition environment in training sessions and that’s the actual gap,” Usman said.