Tokyo Olympics: Indian athletes stay away from social media to focus on training

Indian shooter Manu Bhaker announced her break from social media pertaining to her preparation for the Games.

Thursday, July 1: As the Tokyo Olympics begin within a month, Indian Olympic-bound athletes have ensured that they focus on their training and keep every kind of social media distraction on the side. Indian shooter Manu Bhaker announced her break from social media pertaining to her preparation for the Games.

On Tuesday, the shooter took to her official Twitter handle to declare her sabbatical from social media while posting a picture of her waving. She said, “As I enter the last leg of preparation for the Tokyo Olympics, I am now going off social media till the end of the Olympics. I will need your love, blessings n support to bring glory to our country. See you all soon!”

The trend of players going off their social media space is not new but the Indian athletes have stepped on it in full swing to ensure that nothing comes in between their training and practice for the Olympics. Even wrestlers Deepak Punia and Vinesh Phogat along with air rifle shooter Apurvi Chandela are staying away from their social media handles, if not quitting them entirely.

Apurvi Chandela, who has been camping in Croatia since May with other Olympic-bound air rifle and pistol shooters, backed off from Twitter last December to focus on her training and upcoming competitions. While Vinesh Phogat’s last Twitter post was on April 18 when she posted a video of her and Anshu Malik’s victory at the Asian championships, Deepak Punia’s last post goes way back to February 2020 when he bagged the world junior wrestling championship.

“I am not active on these platforms (Twitter/Instagram). I believe in hard work and putting in loads of hours in my training. My focus is winning a medal at the Olympics,” said Deepak as he’s not a big fan of social media and believes in working towards his goals. Even weightlifter Mirabai Chanu and wrestler Bajrang Punia have stayed away from social media life in the pursuit of an Olympic medal.

While other sections of athletes have the sports management firms managing their social media handles, boxers Amit Panghal and Pooja Rani Bohra along with javelin-throw athlete Neeraj Chopra are some of them who get this benefit. As they focus on their training, the firms handle their social media accounts and post online content on behalf of the athletes.

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