When athletes have to battle the demons of the mind

CHENNAI: With the Tokyo Olympics pushed back by a year due to the coronavirus outbreak, many athletes across the globe have suffered a huge mental blow.

Their immediate dream of representing their country in the world's biggest sporting event has come to a screeching halt, virtually putting their lives in limbo.

To make matters worse, these ultra-competitive athletes, who usually lead strict, regimented lives, don't know how long the quarantine period will last, when international sport will eventually resume and what lies in store for their careers going forward.

According to renowned sports psychologist Mrinal Chakraborty, who has worked closely with the Indian hockey team and dozens of international athletes, a prolonged embargo on athletes' competitive daily lives can affect their mental well-being.

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