Top level athletes thrive on competing against the best and it is a bitter pill to swallow when they don’t have the chance to do so.
Danish women’s singles star Mia Blichfeldt is one such player.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has forced millions indoors as governments across the world continue to lock down their countries to stem the spread of the disease. As a result, the sporting calendar has also been affected worldwide.
A positive person by nature, Blichfeldt has dealt with the situation in Denmark impressively well by sharing regular home fitness and training tips on social media.
But the 22-year-old does not hide one fact – she misses hitting the court more than ever.
The world No.20 recently told Badminton Europe: “It’s fine for now, but in a few days, I am sure I’ll give anything to play badminton.
“I am trying to stay positive and optimistic as I normally do. I don’t believe negativity will help me or anyone in this situation. We just have to face the fact we cannot control this situation!”
Blichfeldt has been trying to keep fit by doing cardio exercises and some gym work at home. And she is planning ahead to make sure she would be in top shape when things get back to normal.
“We are thinking four to six weeks into the future too. Hopefully it’s not going to be that long without badminton. Fingers crossed,” she added.
Despite missing badminton action, Blichfeldt admits the current situation does have its benefits in some ways.
“It’s actually quite nice to be creative and find new stuff to do. We are trying not to be on our phone too much.”
** First published by Badminton Europe