During a 4-day break from coaching in Mumbai in April, Chirag misplaced his maternal grandfather to COVID-19, which additionally contaminated his uncle and none may attend the funeral.
“It was a difficult phase,” the shuttler, who will depart for Tokyo on Saturday with the primary batch of the Indian contingent, recalled throughout an interview to PTI.
“In April, when the situation was pretty bad in India, seeing so many people die because of COVID was tough. In my family, I lost my maternal grandfather, it was a difficult time,” he stated.
“But the good thing was I was able to practice, so I could detach myself from it, badminton really helped. But it was a really difficult phase.”
More than three months have handed because the loss however COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the lives of folks across the globe and Chirag says the athletes travelling to Tokyo will not be resistant to the concern of the virus both.
“Playing within the Olympics is the very best honour however at this level of time, with the pandemic nonetheless going on, everyone seems to be a bit scared about false positives popping out. So we do not understand how issues can be in Tokyo,” he says.
“Not just me, all the athletes will be a bit scared about the situation there because of the false positives that we faced in Thailand,” he added referring to the false-optimistic circumstances that affected the gamers in Thailand Open and the All England Championship.
Did it have an effect on coaching as effectively?
“It was definitely difficult to train, firstly because there were not many tournaments. In April and May, the situation was pretty bad and there was a lockdown, and training in such difficult conditions was tough but we stuck to it,” Chirag stated.
The 23-yr-previous from Mumbai feels this international well being disaster can even have an effect on the efficiency on the Olympics however he’s attempting to remain optimistic.
“Definitely, it can affect performance in Olympics but personally we need to keep in mind, that if tournaments have to go ahead, then we will have to take the test every day.
“We must see the brighter aspect that even throughout the pandemic, an occasion as huge as Olympics is happening and we should preserve ourselves protected as a lot as doable.”
For the last few months, Chirag and his men’s doubles partner Satwiksairaj Rankireddy have been putting in the hard yards under new foreign coach Mathias Boe, a former world no.1 and London Olympics silver-medallist.
“Training has been actually good with Mathias thus far. It has been 5-6 months and now we have actually been in a position to work on particular areas like defence,” Chirag says.
The Indian duo has worked with three different coaches — Malaysia’s Kim Tan Her, Indonesian Flandy Limpele, and Boe — in the last few years.
“One factor that’s totally different between the three coaches is that Mathias is much more technical.
“There is a lot of similarity between Tan and him, while Flandy had a power-based training program. He used to push us on the physical aspect, while the other two make us do on-court drills to improve us technically.”
Chirag stated Mathias has helped them to present extra thought to their strokes and perceive how you can deal with essential match conditions.
“I think if one wants to become a complete player, you need to know all the tricks, you may master a few but you just can’t stick to the things you are good at, you need a few more things in your armour.
“You have to be prepared in case your ‘A’ recreation does not work, that’s what we discovered from Mathias and additionally enjoying within the essential levels, how he sees the state of affairs and executes methods, that’s one thing now we have been in a position to be taught from him.”
Chirag said the experience of training under different coaches will hold them in good stead at Olympics.
“We have been fortunate sufficient to be taught from each Asian and European coaches. Hope it places us in an advantageous place. We have been practising actually arduous,” he said.
The duo has been placed in Group A alongside top-seed and world No.1 Indonesian duo of Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, who also finished at the top in the Race to Tokyo standings, and world No. 3 Chinese Taipei pair of Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin.
England’s Ben Lane and Sean Vendy are the fourth pair in Group A.
“The draw is sort of aggressive however if you wish to play within the Olympics and need to attain the later levels, it’s a must to beat the most effective on the planet, so we’re taking it as a problem,” he signed off.