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Cyclists told to clean up the track

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Representational image   | Photo Credit: Prashant Nakwe

Cricketers are known to work alongside the ground staff to understand the nuances of preparing the pitch and upkeep of the playing field. It also helps them develop professional skills that can come in handy once they stop playing actively.

Wrestlers are known to spend time with their mentors practising their skills but are also adept at getting the mud pits ready. Of course, the advance training is nowdays on mat but the initiation is on the mud pits.

But the cyclists at the recent Track Asia Cup were in for a surprise when one fine morning they were asked to report at velodrome much before the training schedule. The task given was of a nature they were not accustomed to.

It is understood that the Indian competitors were directed to clean up the track. Being disciplined athletes, they took the task seriously and cleaned up the bird droppings from the track. The effort involved bending and stretching vigorously to swipe the track. As a result, some of them ended up tired when reporting for the practice schedule.

It is to the credit to the home cyclists that they managed to give a good account of their progress in their disciplines.

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