Felicitation functions interrupting practice: Jung

Indian athletes are not too keen on sparing precious training time for the innumerable felicitation functions just ahead of the upcoming Asian Games.

New Delhi: They are happy with the recognition and financial windfall that has followed their
stupendous Commonwealth Games performance but Indian athletes
are not too keen on sparing precious training time for the
innumerable felicitation functions just ahead of the upcoming
Asian Games.

India notched up their biggest haul of 101 medals at the
recently-concluded Delhi Games and are expected to translate
their good show in China as well.

But the CWG medallists have also been forced to mark out
a few days for the felicitation functions being organised by
different organisations at different places leaving them with
little time to prepare for the "tough" Asian Games scheduled
November 12 to 27 in Chinese city of Guangzhou.

"These felicitation functions are certainly interrupting
our practice schedule for Asian Games, which is going to be
really tough. We are required to go from one place to another,
some of which are far away from our practice venue. So,
undoubtedly, it is posing problems as we can`t fully focus on
our preparations," said shooter Samresh Jung, on the sidelines
of a felicitation function.

"Although, it is not mandatory for us to attend each and
every function but we are asked by the federation to attend
some of these," added Jung, who won bronze in men`s 25m
standard pistol (singles) event in the Commonwealth Games.

He further added that the shooters "do not have any idea"
when they would be leaving for the Asian Games to be held from
November 12.

"I have no idea when we are leaving for China. Probably,
it would be on the November 8. You need to understand ranges
so I don`t know whether we would get enough time to get used
to the ones in Guangzhou," he said.

The Indian shooting contingent, which landed in Melbourne
for the 2006 Commonwealth Games about 8-10 days before the
start of the mega-event, had a difficult time adjusting to the
ranges as well as the weather that changes there every 15

"Despite reaching Melbourne early, we took time to get
settled as the weather was really unpredictable there, with it
changing every 15 minutes. In China also the weather
conditions are tough and it would be hard to adapt," said the
Arjuna awardee Jung.

However, Commonwealth Games gold medallist in 77kg
weightlifting, Ravi Kumar preffered to play down the issue of
interruption in practice and expressed confidence of doing
well during the Asiad.

"After any major event like CWG, the body needs at least
one and a half months to recover but we are trying to do that
in just a month`s time before the Asian Games. And even though
these functions are making it a little more difficult for us
but we are adjusting our schedule as per the functions.”

"Whenever we have to attend a function we generally make
use of our scheduled rest day to practice, and instead shift
our rest day to when there is a felicitation," said Ravi.

To which, the CWG gold medallist in flyweight 52kg
Suranjoy Mayengbam, added, "I am not letting these functions
hamper my concentration much by adjusting my schedule