Simranjit (60kg) was among the nine Indian boxers who bagged an Olympic qualification at the Asia-Oceania Olympic qualifiers. She upset second seed Namuun Monkhor of Mongolia 5-0 in the quarterfinals to secure her maiden Olympic berth.
She finished the tournament with a silver medal after losing her final bout to South Korea’s Oh Yeon Ji.
However, the pandemic forced a postponement of the Olympics, as the Indian athletes still wait to get back to training, which could now restart soon, with the Sports Ministry putting together an SOP for Olympic-bound athletes.
“A player can’t relax thinking that the Olympics have been postponed by a year, but we have got more time to prepare and work on ourselves. I believe I will give my best at the Olympics,” the 24-year-old Simranjit, who hails from Punjab, told TimesofIndia.com.
Besides following a strict exercise regimen, the 2018 World Boxing Championships bronze medallist is keeping herself busy with lots of other things.
“To maintain my physical fitness, I am following a daily training routine. I am trying to keep myself busy during the lockdown, enjoying my hobbies,” she said. Simranjit likes to draw and sew.
Simranjit said she has little doubt that it will require team-work to limit the damage caused by coronavirus.
“To eliminate the coronavirus, all the Indians will have to work as a team, nobody can do it alone. So my request to everyone is to stay at home and follow all the guidelines issued by the government so that we can soon return to our normal lives,” she concluded.