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CHANDIGARH: The decision to resume an outdoor training session at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala after a coronovirus-forced lockdown may have boosted the morale of many Olympic-athletes, but not veteran Milkha Singh.

Flying Sikhs, as he is popularly called, stated that players do not require lockdowns, instead they should be allowed to train as much as possible, but to maintain all social-away norms by. However, he clarified that only sports like boxing and wrestling should be approached, as this involves close contact with opponents.

The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) had decided to resume outdoor training for athletes following an online meeting between NIS officials and athletes on Saturday evening. According to a top AFI official, athletes at the NIS Patiala, SAI Center Bengaluru and Ooty can resume their training by strictly adhering to the Federation SOP.

He said, “The game should not be stopped (the game should not be stopped).” Milkha told TOI that it is highly recommended that daily training, exercise and yoga improve your immune system, and therefore the sport should begin as soon as possible, but maintain all social-distancing norms.

“Except for contact sports like boxing and wrestling, I find that there is hardly any contact in track and field, golf, tennis, badminton and other disciplines.”

Citing his own example, Milkha, who is best remembered for his fourth place in the 400-meter final at the 1960 Olympic Games, said, “Corona needs exercise to keep the door open ( It is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle) to keep the corona at bay). I am now 91, I do regular exercise and knee exercises. If you do not disturb your body, it will obviously rust.

“For an athlete, it is no use if he has to train within four walls, then he must train outside,” he said.

Asked what might start with athletes because they have been locked in the house for more than a month or two, Milkha’s advice is “keep it simple, don’t rush into things”.

He said, “They should start with simple jogging as their body needs to be warmed up before going for formal training. Participating in things will only cause injuries, which we do not want for any of our athletes. ”

Milkha, a three-time Olympian, also rejected the fact that the standard of athletics has gone below his era, and called on athletes to give 100 percent of their time in everything they do.

“It is a sad scenario in most sports disciplines, be it hockey or athletics. Tell me how many Olympic medals we have won in hockey or in athletics for that matter. Milkha said, I do not want to discourage my youth, but they should remove a leaf from the lives of Dhyanchand, Balbir Singh (Sr.) or Milkha Singh.

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