By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer,kick442.com Nigeria
45-year-old Nigerian female table tennis star, Funke Oshonaike has spoken on the advantages of CoronaVirus, COVID-19 lockdown on sportsmen, most especially the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
She said this during an Instagram live session on Sports Radio, Brila FM, Lagos.
“It is natural and very normal. It is okay too because Nigeria will have one more year for training. In every bad situation, there is always a good side to it. The good side of it is that we can train better. For me, I can train better because a lot of people know that I have been going through a lot of things with my health. I am better right now, so I can train better to get back to my form and to my get back to myself.” She said.
Oshonaike also opined that this period has given her the opportunity to train more and know more about her children.
“Apart from that, this COVID-19 has given me the opportunity to stay more with my kids, to know them more, to know how to cook more. It’s all good. In Germany, one can still go out for jogging. I jog like three times a week and I go for walkout like two times a week. Sometimes I do like 8km. Sometimes when I go for a walk, I do like 10km. In my house, I do some of my exercises. I have a lot of training that I can do at home, so I have been active and coping.
“Asides the fact that I don’t see table tennis board to train on, I do more exercise. I do more now than normally when I play table tennis. I am really enjoying this moment because I eat so much. I have added 3 kilos. I have to train and keep fit to get back to my normal weight.” She concluded.
Kick442.com had earlier reported that Funke Oshonaike joined the seventh club of Olympians when she qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics becoming the first-ever African female athlete to do so on seven occasions in Table Tennis or in any other sport.
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