Pune: Ace discus thrower Krishna Poonia, who finished fourth in the ongoing Asian Athletics Championships, is heading to Kerala for Ayurvedic treatment on her injured groin.
"SAI doctors at the NIS Patiala has recommended 21 days complete rest. I thought it would be great to have some relaxation of body and mind at Kerala. I am also going to do Ayurvedic treatment," she said.
"I was recovering from my groin injury but I had wanted to take part in the Championships. So I took part by having painkiller injections. Now I will have complete rest," she added.
Her husband Virender Poonia said that fluid had accumulated on her wife's groin.
"MRI and other tests revealed that fluid had accumulated on Krishna's groin. But she is feeling better now. During the National Inter-State Championships in Chennai last month it was difficult even to bend down, but now she is OK," Virender said.
"We have to start training at NIS Patiala from August onwards. We have to start and condition the body for two years before the 2016 Rio Olympics. There is Asian and Commonwealth Games also," he said.
National coach Bahadur Singh said it would be a mistake to write off Poonia despite her struggling form this year.
"It can happen to any athlete. After a peak you have lows, it's like a cycle. After the Commonwealth Games high, her career graph went with national record while training in the United States," Bahadur said.
"But she is struggling now with a groin injury. She will come back next year. She is not yet finished. We have told her to take rest, do the rehabilitation programme and come back next year for Asian and Commonwealth Games," he said.
Bahadur, himself a gold medal winner in both 1978 and 1982 Asian Games in shot put, feels current national record holder Om Prakash Singh Karhana squandered a chance to win a gold in the ongoing Asian Championships.
Om Prakash won a bronze with a best effort of 19.45m after opening with 19.19 and Bahadur felt he should have gone for 20m plus after clearing that distance in the first round.
"He had a 19.19 in the opening round and he was leading. Once you opened with 19-plus his mind would have been relaxed. He should have gone for 20-plus," Bahadur said of Om Prakash whose personal best is 20.69m but finished third with 19.45m on Thursday.
"Had I been in his place, I would not have let go of the gold medal. For a moment I thought I would just wear my shoes and jump in the arena and take his place," Bahadur said.
"He has been struggling this season but it's good that he crossed 19m here," he said.