Women's Sport: British Para-athlete Kadeena Cox opens up about Tokyo preparations

Paralympian Kadeena Cox has revealed the difficulties of training for the upcoming Paralympic Games, despite its uncertainty.

Since the coronavirus outbreak, Cox has had to find alternative ways to train while self-isolating at home. The 29-year-old who suffers from multiple sclerosis has taken precautions to avoid getting coronavirus as her condition makes her more at risk of complications.

As a result, Cox, who competes in the T38 sprints and C4 para-cycling events, has had to adapt to a new training set-up which includes pedalling away in her living room. The two-time Paralympic Champion told BBC Radio 5 Live: “It’s tough. Fortunately, I have my bike which I can put on turbo.

“I’m on my bike pretty often and I might go out on the road today, making sure I’m keeping my distance from other people.

“And for running, I’m managing to get out onto the football fields just as long as I’m not near anyone else. And I’ve got my gloves on.

“If we get completely locked down, then it will be a challenge. But I’ve got my bike set up in the living room. I can do core stuff, I’ve got a few kettlebells. So you’ve just got to adapt to the situation and keep working.”

Athletes preparing for the Olympic and Paralympic Games now have to wait a further four weeks until the International Olympic Committee announces a decision to shift the Games.

Until then, athletes are advised to stay at home and find alternative ways to train.

The Paralympic Games is expected to go ahead on August 25.

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