US-based Kenyan athlete Emmanuel Korir has described the lockdown in the US as the most difficult time in his life.
Most of the country under lockdown after cases of Covid-19 continue to surge. as of Friday, April 17th, the US has recorded the worst number of infections and deaths in the world, at 670,000 and 35,000 respectively.
Korir, the Africa 800m silver medalist, says he feels disappointed that he can no longer train due to the restriction and wishes he was in Kenya.
He notes that although the Kenyan government ordered the closure of training camps, athletes in Kenya are able to do individual training, which will give them an edge over those in foreign countries once the crisis ends.
“We are not allowed to do any kind of training. Luckily, back home in Kenya, I could run in the forest alone or conduct some training on my own unlike here. Life is at its worst but I have to try my best to survive,” says Korir.
Korir was part of the Kenyan team that won the 4x400m relays title at the Africa Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria in 2018.
“I had good plans this year and I was ready to compete at the Doha Diamond League opener but all that is water under the bridge. I have nothing to look forward to. No one had expected this pandemic,” Korir adds.
Korir is a kinesiology student at the University of Texas at El Paso and says he is attending online classes. “I do my studies by attending online classes that keep me busy, killing off the boredom,” he says.