I`ll need 6 more months to get back to full fitness: Poonia

New Delhi: Commonwealth Games gold medallist discus thrower Krishna Poonia, who is recuperating from a
knee injury, on Tuesday said she would need atleast six more months
to get back to her full fitness and participate in
international competitions.

Poonia picked up the injury during the Commonwealth Games
and it got aggravated later which affected her show in the
Asian Games, where she claimed a bronze.

"According to the doctor, my injury is ok but I have to
work on my strength and then I can throw. I have to go step by
step. I can`t go for heavy training now," Poonia told reporters.

"I am doing training but I am not throwing now. It will
take another 20-25 days to start throwing and another six
months to reach the level where I can compete in tournaments,"
she added.

Poonia, who was awarded the Padmashree, the fourth
highest civilian award of India, said she will have to work on
her strength and speed.

"I have to improve my leg strength level. Technically I
am sound but I have to add more speed in my throw. Before the
Olympics we will go for foreign training and compete in
international tournaments," she said.

"In abroad along with environment and diet change, we get
to compete with athletes who are at the top level so we grow
in confidence which plays a positive role," Poonia added.

In last year`s Delhi Commonwealth Games, Poonia won the
gold with a throw of 61.51 metres.

Talking about next month`s cricket World Cup, Poonia said
she will cheer for India and wished all the best to Mahendra
Singh Dhoni and his team.

"All my best wishes to the Indian team. I take a lot of
inspiration from Sachin Tendulkar. I also like Virender
Sehwag. I hope they do well," she said.


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