Immediate aim is to regain full fitness, says lifter Sathish

Not a part of the TOP scheme anymore, the 26-year-old also said he's focusing hard on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.

A file photo of Sathish Sivalingam at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. The weightlifter suffered a thigh injury while attempting a 178kg weightlift in the men's 77kg category in the 2018 Asian Games in August in Jakarta.   -  PTI

Weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam, who has been struggling with injuries, said that it will take another two or three months for him to regain full fitness.

He had suffered a thigh injury while attempting a 178kg weightlift in the men's 77kg category in the 2018 Asian Games in August in Jakarta. "I thought only my thigh was injured, but I later found out that I had injured my back too. It’s not too bad. So, I can train a bit. I've been told it will take another two-three months to recover completely. But I've been training with the necessary precautions," the weightlifter said, on the sidelines of the event organised by Dumbell Fitup Fest, a fitness and wellness event, by Dumbell and Brand Avatar.

Sathish had reportedly started training from November.

He said he's recovered from his thigh injury, and that his immediate aim is to fully recover from the back injury. He added that it's tricky to do so. "Setting my back right is the immediate focus. With other injuries, doctors give a time frame for the recovery. With this, however, they aren’t able to give me a definite time. It’s a very difficult time for me. I have to strengthen my core and back muscles. I have to follow a certain pattern for that. A slight deviation might significantly increase my pain — I run the risk of aggravating the injury."

The 26-year-old also said he's focusing hard on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics. He's not a part of the TOP scheme (TOPS) anymore. Commenting on that, he said: "They (the officials) are reducing the number of athletes in the TOP scheme. Only the medal-winning athletes are included. They said they will include me again after I regain my fitness."

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