Para athletes find innovative ways to stay fit

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, Para athletes stretch their imagination for training 19 Mar 2020
Tatyana McFadden of the United States celebrates winning a gold medal in the Women's 800m T54 Final at the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships.
Tatyana McFadden is one of many Paralympians who took to social media to share how she is spending her time at home
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As part of the global containment strategy for the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, multiple Para sport events have been cancelled or postponed and several countries have imposed nation wide quarantine.

As a result, Para athletes across the world have come up with innovative ways to stay fit and have shared them on social media. Others are sending messages of hope to their many followers.

One of them is Spanish middle-distance runner Yassine Ouhdadi, who claimed silver in the men’s 5,000m T13 at last year’s World Championships in Dubai. The 26-year-old Instagramed how he is making the most of the stairs at his home.

His compatriot Judit Rolo, a silver medallist at World Championships, showed her new training routine with the hashtag #ParalimpicosEntrenanEnCasa (Paralympians train at home).

Belarus’ Nordic skiing Paralympic champion Yuri Golub did not let the current situation deter him as he continued training at home.

Brazil’s most decorated Paralympian ever Daniel Dias took to social media to urge everyone to stand together and take care of their hygiene to “beat the pandemic.”

US Paralympic legend Tatyana McFadden opted to use her Instagram account to encourage her many followers during these difficult times and share how she is spending her time.

Canada’s multiple-swimming Paralympic champion Benoit Huot raised awareness on the importance of washing your hands with a video on his Instagram account.

Also swimmer Daniela Gimenez of Argentina, who won two golds and three silvers at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games, posted a video with the steps to follow while washing your hands.


Follow the IPC's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for more reactions from Para athletes.

For more information regarding coronavirus, read the International Paralympic Committee's latest update.

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