Joshna Chinappa heaved a sigh of relief when the Tamil Nadu government announced last week that athletes can train at the stadiums. The World No 10 in squash, who resumed practice at Indian Squash Academy in Chennai on Monday after more than four months, feels it’s important not to burn out in order to get back in shape too quickly. In an interview with this daily, the 33-year-old opens up on finding purpose in training, staying focussed for the 2022 Commonwealth and Asian Games and the role of her sports psychologist during these difficult times. Excerpts:
How different was the training this time?
Having access to the academy and squash court is a relief. Right now, we are training solo. It’s just one of us on the court hitting the ball. In the last four months, everything was shut. Predominantly, my training was only at home, basic fitness training. It’s exciting to be back on the court.
Is there a sense of fear or paranoia even though in Chennai there are signs of things improving?
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August 06, 2020