Athletes and mental health issues seem to almost go hand in hand, with many athletes dealing with it on a regular basis. These issues aren’t limited to sports such as cricket or tennis – as we saw last year when three Australian cricketers and Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka succumbed to mental pressures – but cover it all. the specter of sport.
The competitive atmosphere takes its toll on athletes, who are driven to depression when the result is not what they wanted. Losing isn’t the end of the problem, but social media trolling – which has become the latest bullying tool – is.
Indian boxers, who performed below par at the Tokyo Olympics, have discovered how ruthless social media trolls can be after losing their fights.
Double Asian champion, boxer Pooja Rani (75kg) says she is unable to sleep. The Haryana boxer was only one victory away from winning a medal in Tokyo, but lost her fight in the quarterfinals.
Since then, she has struggled to mentally overcome her defeat. Speaking to IANS, Pooja said, âIt’s easy to say that we will win / focus on the next Olympics. But it’s not that easy, you have to start from scratch. Again, play in small events to get ready for major events and then fight to qualify for the Olympics. Too much pressure I’m feeling right now. I need to relax a bit, I guess.
âI was so mad at myself when I lost in the quarterfinals. I knew I could win butâ¦ the dream crashed. I don’t feel mentally fit right now. I can’t sleep well. The pain of losing so close to the coin is truly disturbing. I started a bit of yoga to overcome all these past things. Let’s see what happens, âPooja said.
Another boxer, Vikas Krishan Yadav, urged people not to “hate” him after his loss in the first round. Asian Games gold-medalist boxer Vikas, who lost his welterweight fight in the 32nd round, apologized to his fans for his below-par level. performances, claiming that he “deserves all the hits but not the hate”.
Vikas has now undergone surgery to repair the shoulder injury that will keep him out of action for the next few months. The 29-year-old, one of India’s most famous boxers after winning bronze at the Asian Games in Incheon 2014 and Jakarta 2018 in addition to gold at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, had taken painkillers before the first round match against Sewon Okazawa but the injury was so severe that he could only use one hand to strike.
âI respect people’s opinions. They all have the right to hit me because I couldn’t play. They wanted me to win the gold and that’s why they’re angry. I want to say sorry to them and promise them that I will come back stronger. An injury forced me to not perform well, but now my operation is also over. I will start training once I have fully recovered.
âPeolle trolls me on social networks. Please don’t hate me. I know I promised I would win a gold medal. I’m so sorry, âVikas added.
When contacted, Amit Panghal, who also failed to live up to expectations, declined to comment. âI am not able to speak at the moment. Please give me some time. Please.”
There are other athletes who said they had mental health issues after the Olympics but were unwilling to officially talk about it.
One shooter said on condition of anonymity: âIt’s easy to criticize or criticize someone. The field is open. Join us and win. No one wants to lose. Social networks are sometimes brutal, âadded the shooter.
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