Nikhat Zareen teaches how to nail the hook punch, Dipika Pallikal jokes she will try the move on Dinesh Karthik

Nikhat Zareen teaches how to nail the hook punch, Dipika Pallikal jokes she will try the move on Dinesh Karthik

Indian squash player Dipika Pallikal, boxer Nikhat Zareen and the winner of Miss World 2017 Manushi Chillar were a part of a strong and inspiring panel of successful women with Adidas launching the ‘Watch Us Move’ campaign to celebrate womanhood and their freedom of movement.

After the launch of the unique video, the panel shared a bonding moment with Nikhat teaching the rest of the members how to throw a hook punch- her favourite shot in the book. Dipika Pallikal, a renowned squash player, joked about practising the punch on her cricketer husband Dinesh Karthik.

“So basically, I box in 51 category and in that category, I’m the tallest girl. So for me, it’s an advantage. And so I show like I’m going to attack but I don’t attack and I allow my opponent to attack and when she attacks, then I throw my no counter punches. So that’s my favourite move. It’s called feint an attack,” Nikhat said at the launch of “Watch Us Move”, a campaign Adidas to celebrate women.

“I’ll practice it on my husband today,” Dipika quipped.

When asked how difficult the COVID-19 outbreak was on the training part for athletes, Pallikal shed light on the challenges that sportspersons had to face during the unforeseen first stages of the pandemic.

“I feel the first the first few months were okay. Mentally, we were like, Okay, this is going to get over but I still have to stay fit, and how am I going to fit? And it’s you know, I think we were in touch with our trainers way more than you’ve ever been in touch with them. But I think as an athlete, we go through this, I think we’re all you know, we were always shoved into situations where it’s odd and we have to come out of the top no matter what. And it’s being loaded physically. I think it’s taken a toll on athletes mentally, especially on the Olympic athletes,” Pallikal further said.

News Source: India Today

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