Hugo Calderano Reveals Training Difficulties Under Quarantine Conditions

(Photo: ITTF)

With the Coronavirus lockdown halting sporting events around the world, it has certainly been hard for table tennis professionals to be able to continue their training.

Brazil’s leading table tennis player, Hugo Calderano, reflects upon how he spent his time training at home during the Coronavirus lockdown measures that halted life as we know it.

In 2019 Hugo enjoyed a triumphant season – the 24 four-year-old, who is currently ranked sixth in the world, managed to win both the Pan American Cup and Pan American Games.

Additionally, playing for TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen in Germany, Hugo clinched the prestigious Bundesliga title as well as the German Cup.

“I had a consistent season considering the world circuit. I won all the competitions in the Americas – the PanAm Cup and the PanAm Games – and, with my team in Germany, I won the titles of the Bundesliga and the German Cup. I also managed to hold my world ranking position, so I guess I can say it was a successful season.” – Hugo Calderano

Hugo Calderano enjoyed an impressive campaign in 2019 (Photo: ITTF)

Sadly though, due to the worldwide lockdown caused by Covid-19, Hugo hasn’t been able to build upon these spectacular achievements:

“…I feel I really miss competing.” – Hugo Calderano

Although the Brazilian number 1 hasn’t been able to participate in any competitions or officially return to the table tennis hall, he has commendably managed to keep practising during the lockdown:

“We were not allowed to go to the hall for some weeks and I tried to adapt some practice at home. I brought a table tennis table to my apartment and some equipment to work out. It was not possible to keep the same kind of practice I am used to, but I tried to take advantage of the time to work on some things I normally don’t have the time to work on.” – Hugo Calderano

Having competed on home soil at the 2016 Olympic Games, Hugo has set his sights on winning a medal at Tokyo 2020. Being the World No.6, it is certainly a realistic goal for the young Brazilian. Hugo is also showing a very professional attitude by not letting his aspirations drift too far, amid concerns that the Olympic Games may not be held at all:

“I plan to get to Tokyo in top form and fight for a medal… At this point, my hope is that the world can beat the new Coronavirus and the Games can go ahead as planned.” – Hugo Calderano

Source: Official Olympic Games Website

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