The science of training an athlete’s mind and body is key: Tapan Panigrahi
Pune-based swim trainer Tapan Kumar Panigrahi, who received the Dronacharya award on November 13, urged city coaches to include sports science in their physical training program as it will play an important role in the overall training of an athlete.
Tapan Kumar Panigrahi, PUNE-based swimming trainer Tapan Kumar Panigrahi, who received the Dronacharya award on November 13, urged city coaches to include sports science in their physical training program as it will play a important role in the overall training of an athlete.
âScientific training must begin at an early age. The appropriate age to introduce this training into an athlete’s daily schedule is 12 to 14 years old. The results, however, will be visible in the future, âsays Panigrahi.
Panigrahi, to date he has trained 250 national level swimmers and 60 international swimmers. He also trained para-swimmers. âI talk to athletes about the characteristics required to participate in sporting events. Once they are aware, they prepare their bodies better, âexplains Panigrahi.
Para-swimmer Suyash Jadhav who was a medal hopeful for India at the Tokyo Paralympic Games was coached by Panigrahi, however, due to health issues Jadhav was unable to give his best performance at the event. âHe (Suyash) and his father both weren’t well for 12 days in Tokyo and had a mild fever. I expected him to win a bronze medal. I hope he will win a medal at the 2024 Games, âadded Panigrahi.
India’s Olympic swimming medal hopes
Panigrahi believes that Indian swimmers are lagging behind and not doing well at the Olympics. âOur swimmers win medals at international events, but when it comes to the Olympics, we are behind in the qualifying rounds. The performance has improved, hope to see more swimmers qualify for the 2024 Olympics, âadded Panigrahi. At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, three swimmers – Sajan Prakash, Srihari Nataraj and Manna Patel qualified for the games.