With no access to gym equipment during the lockdown in Jordan, Olympic hopeful judoka Hadeel Alami has hit upon an unorthodox way to stay in peak condition.
She has been using her little sister as a weight during her training routine.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought the global sports calendar to a standstill, including the postponement of the Tokyo Games to 2021.
“I came up with a training regimen that includes lifting my sister on my back while doing squats. I tried by convincing her this was a game…
“Now, whenever I mention training she gets excited,” the 20-year-old Alami told Reuters.
“She loves it. She thinks I’m playing with her.”
Alami has also transformed water bottles into dumbbells and lifts her couch instead of weights.
Athletes have found unconventional ways to keep themselves fit during the lockdown to curb the spread of the flu-like virus.
The pandemic has seen more than 1.8 million people globally being infected, causing 113,849 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.
Jordan has seen a spike of coronavirus cases since the first early last month, with more than 350 infected.
Olympic qualifiers were originally set to take place in the country last month but have now been postponed indefinitely.
“In the beginning I was upset. I was eagerly waiting for the qualifiers. I was close to qualifying for the event.
“When it was postponed I was upset. I stopped training and took a day off,” Alami said.
“But then I began thinking: why should I be negative? This year might enable me to train more and work harder to be better prepared.
“I began to think positively… Maybe it was postponed for a good reason.