Indonesian Team mainstay sprinter Lalu Muhammad Zohri is indeed preparing to follow the main agenda of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Regrettably, however, the preparation of the young Lombok native was somewhat hampered, because many events were postponed, even canceled, due to the covid-19 pandemic. If the plague does not age, it is predicted Zohri will not compete at all until the end of 2020.
But just the opposite, in 2021, the 19-year-old runner is predicted to have a super-packed schedule. Because, first, of course, the Olympic schedule is back a year, precisely in July 2021. Then, in October, Zohri will participate in PON XX / 2020 in Papua, defending his birth province of West Nusa Tenggara. Then finally, almost certainly, he will become a member of the 2021 Sea Games Team which will take place in December.
The accumulation of the championship made the National Team sprint coach Eni Nuraini feel worried. Because, if he missed the match altogether in 2020, then he predicted that Zohri could lose his mental match. Besides it will also be difficult to monitor the pace. Then the next, the tight schedule in 2021, is also no less anxious, especially the PON and SEA Games which are only one month apart.
” Judging from the schedule, the Olympics were July. Still enough time. Then, PON in October and SEA Games in November. Well, this is what we have to take care of so that he does not get injured, ” Eni was quoted as saying from jawapos.com
Eni’s concern is based on Zohri, who has a history of injury, although he has recovered. In 2019, the U-20 world champion was indeed a knee injury. This made Zohri unable to appear in the Chinese Chongging Asian Grand Prix last June.
Eni herself cannot prioritize and charge Zohri, which event should be pursued, because according to her, PB PASI must be able to make one to be able to manage Zohri’s peak performance. And that is certainly not the Olympics. In the four-year multi-event, Eni said that she would not charge Zohri’s medal target, because indeed she would meet with senior-level world sprinters whose time was quite far.
“’In the Olympics, he is more targeted to improve his best time. Ie 10.03 seconds. Well, then we can set the peak later when we follow the SEA Games 2021, ” said the owner of the 2019 Best Asian Coach award.
Zohri was expected to appear in the 2021 SEA Games. Last year he was asked not to appear at the 2019 SEA Games to focus on preparing for the Olympics. Meanwhile, Indonesia has not won gold at 100 meters for a long time. Indonesia’s last achievement in that prestigious number was at the 2015 SEA Games, when Yaspi Boby won silver.
At present, Zohri practices in NTB. Since the beginning of March, PB PASI returned athletes to their respective regions to practice independently. When contacted separately, he himself was optimistic about his opportunities next year.
’’ Yes, all of it. Regular exercise, rest, and adequate nutrition. If you can get good results, why not? ” She said.