Long wait awaits long-distance runner Prabudass

PETALING JAYA: Long distance runner K . Prabudass (pic) was serving the nation during the movement control order (MCO) but he is now back in training.

However, it will be a long time before he gets to serve the nation again as an athlete.

The Navy lance corporal was a front-liner during the MCO, manning checkpoints but since last month, he has returned to training at the National Sports Complex.

Prabudass said he was glad to reconnect with French coach Jean-Pierre Lautredoux in training but admitted he will have to wait for track and field competitions to start, which is not likely to be in the near future.

Most major tournaments are only expected to begin next year and the uncertainty over international travel leaves the national athletes only aiming for local competitions before the end of the year.

“During the MCO, I served as a front-liner. I usually serve the country as an athlete but this time I got to serve during the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Prabudass.

“The pandemic is something no one has faced before ... It was a humbling experience for me but I have now returned to training. There’s plenty of catching up to do after not training properly for a long time.

“I had a month of training which focused on getting back to fitness. I can say it’s going on well and we will slowly build on my training step by step.”

Prabudass conceded that he was really looking forward to competitions to regain his competitive edge.

The Seremban local, who broke the 15-year-old half marathon national record in Australia in July 2019, had a dismal outing at the 2019 Philippines SEA Games where he finished seventh in the 5,000m.

“We just have to wait now to see if competitions will be allowed. We are unlikely to take part in competitions overseas because of travel restrictions. As for local competitions, there are also no updates yet.”

“For the time being, I was told the coach will conduct time trials to gauge athletes’ condition ... I see this as a good start.”

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