Photos: New routines for Kashmir’s athletes training in lockdown

Like many spheres of life, the sporting world has also been on pause because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly all sporting events have been either cancelled or postponed. But athletes need to keep in shape, and many in Kashmir have been doing so in novel ways -- modifying their routines to lockdown restrictions or fashioning their own equipment.

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Kashmiri kayaker Vilayat Hussain practices on a rugged under-construction wooden ergometer at his home on the outskirts of Srinagar. Like many other athletes, the coronavirus pandemic has restricted Hussain to his home. “It (the wooden ergometer) helps me to maintain my workouts even though it is far from what it should look like,” Hussain told AP. (Dar Yasin / AP)

Kashmiri kayaker Vilayat Hussain practices on a rugged under-construction wooden ergometer at his home on the outskirts of Srinagar. Like many other athletes, the coronavirus pandemic has restricted Hussain to his home. “It (the wooden ergometer) helps me to maintain my workouts even though it is far from what it should look like,” Hussain told AP. (Dar Yasin / AP)

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Under the coronavirus lockdown, Afreen Hyder is left with only one area where she can practice Taekwondo in the apartment she shares with her parents in Srinagar -- the apartment’s hallway. “I’ve ended up practicing in a place where I dislike doing it most,” Afreen said. But she keeps on going. (Dar Yasin / AP)

Under the coronavirus lockdown, Afreen Hyder is left with only one area where she can practice Taekwondo in the apartment she shares with her parents in Srinagar -- the apartment’s hallway. “I’ve ended up practicing in a place where I dislike doing it most,” Afreen said. But she keeps on going. (Dar Yasin / AP)

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Weightlifter Bashir Ahmed has fashioned a makeshift bench of tin boxes and a wooden plank covered with thermocol inside his room in Srinagar. (Dar Yasin / AP)

Weightlifter Bashir Ahmed has fashioned a makeshift bench of tin boxes and a wooden plank covered with thermocol inside his room in Srinagar. (Dar Yasin / AP)

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Football coach Qudsiya Altaf (R), and her sister Kabra Altaf, a judo champion, practice inside a school compound that belongs to their father, near their home in Srinagar. The sisters are restricted to their neighbourhood but the lockdown is nothing new. (Dar Yasin / AP)

Football coach Qudsiya Altaf (R), and her sister Kabra Altaf, a judo champion, practice inside a school compound that belongs to their father, near their home in Srinagar. The sisters are restricted to their neighbourhood but the lockdown is nothing new. (Dar Yasin / AP)

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Wushu artist Aliza Shah (L), spars with her sister Kaifa Shah inside their home in Srinagar. Going out for practice is too high a risk but the athletes’ priority remains to keep fit. (Dar Yasin / AP)

Wushu artist Aliza Shah (L), spars with her sister Kaifa Shah inside their home in Srinagar. Going out for practice is too high a risk but the athletes’ priority remains to keep fit. (Dar Yasin / AP)

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Eyed Akeel Khan’s boxing gloves lie on the floor of the room where he practices at home in Srinaga. The carpet in his room has replaced the boxing ring. (Dar Yasin / AP)

Eyed Akeel Khan’s boxing gloves lie on the floor of the room where he practices at home in Srinaga. The carpet in his room has replaced the boxing ring. (Dar Yasin / AP)

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While the virus lockdown keeps people inside their homes, Umer Nabi has shifted his cycle to the attic his home in Burzahamahe, on the outskirts of Srinagar and replicates riding outdoors with the help of rollers. (Dar Yasin / AP)

While the virus lockdown keeps people inside their homes, Umer Nabi has shifted his cycle to the attic his home in Burzahamahe, on the outskirts of Srinagar and replicates riding outdoors with the help of rollers. (Dar Yasin / AP)

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Wushu champion Aijaz Hassan practices inside his home in Srinagar. “Last year I was able to do my practice at the indoor stadium near my home. But this year the lockdown has forced me and many others like me to practice at home,” Hassan told AP. Srinagar’s lone indoor stadium has been converted into a quarantine centre. (Dar Yasin / AP)

Wushu champion Aijaz Hassan practices inside his home in Srinagar. “Last year I was able to do my practice at the indoor stadium near my home. But this year the lockdown has forced me and many others like me to practice at home,” Hassan told AP. Srinagar’s lone indoor stadium has been converted into a quarantine centre. (Dar Yasin / AP)

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Kashmiri football coach Qudsiya Altaf poses for a photograph during practice inside a school compound that belongs to her father, near her home in Srinagar. Like many other athletes, the coronavirus pandemic has restricted Altaf to her neighbourhood. (Dar Yasin / AP)

Kashmiri football coach Qudsiya Altaf poses for a photograph during practice inside a school compound that belongs to her father, near her home in Srinagar. Like many other athletes, the coronavirus pandemic has restricted Altaf to her neighbourhood. (Dar Yasin / AP)

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