Beat Covid, and keep fit


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  • Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020

Agile: Hockey player Haziq Samsul showing his dribbling skills at his motor accessories shop.

PETALING JAYA: Necessity is the mother of all invention. The Covid-19 pandemic may have forced everyone to be confined in their homes due to the movement control order (MCO) introduced by the Government but athletes themselves are finding ways to stay active.

From hitting shuttlecocks and tennis ball against the wall to dribbling hockey balls around helmets and riding bicycle up the stairs, Malaysian athletes are showing their social media followers how they get things done.

Up-and-coming national tennis player Christian Didier Chin may be missing the outdoor life but he is determined not to miss out on sweating out.

Christian continues to exercise and hit tennis balls at home. Olympic silver medallist Chan Peng Soon, meanwhile, has put up a video on his Facebook page showing him trying to flick the shuttlecock into its container.

That’s about as accurate as you can get with a shot.

National hockey players Hairi Rahman and Haziq Samsul also uploaded some interesting training videos as they keep fit during MCO.

With his young child watching and mimicking his moves, goalkeeper Hairi was skipping, running on the spot, doing sit-ups and push-ups at home.

Unlikely terrain: Cyclist Zamri Salleh showing how he keeps himself fit.Unlikely terrain: Cyclist Zamri Salleh showing how he keeps himself fit.

Striker Haziq is seen practising his dribbling skill with his target being a pail at the other end.

Dribbing past five full-face motorbike helmets on the floor of his shop, Haziq then moved past a hanger and car tyre before flicking the ball onto a bench which had another helmet spiralling on a gadget.

He flicked over that as well before neatly putting the ball into a pail.

Malaysia’s top golfer Gavin Kyle Green also uploaded a video showing him chipping the ball over a pool at home. It landed neatly into a cup. No problem with water hazards there.

Road cyclist Zamri Salleh also put up an interesting video that has been viewed more than 5,500 times.

The video lasted 31 seconds and showed the Terengganu Cycling Team rider balancing his bike while attempting to climb the stairs in his house.

Against the wall: Tennis player Christian Didier Chin practising his shots at home.Against the wall: Tennis player Christian Didier Chin practising his shots at home.

The so-called #Stayathome Challenge involving toilet paper has also gone viral among professional footballers.

Johor Darul Takzim player Safawi Rasid and his younger brother Alfi Rasid have also made local versions of them juggling a roll of toilet paper.

It is a side of Malaysian athletes fans would never have seen if not for the current situation.

The videos also have a simple theme. Being cooped up at home does not mean one cannot remain healthy.

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