The transfer of the summer Olympic games to 2021 is a plus for the Russian women’s Rugby 7 team, it will be able to approach next summer in optimal shape, said RIA Novosti player of the national team and CSKA, three-time European champion Elena Zdrokova.
In June, Russian Rugby players were supposed to take part in the qualification for the Olympics, but the tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The international Olympic Committee (IOC) and the organizing Committee of the Tokyo Games in late March announced the postponement of the summer Olympics to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The games are scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8, 2021.
“The postponement of the Olympics is a plus rather than a minus for us. Players who had injuries – in particular, Alain Tiron-will recover. During this time, on the contrary, we will gain more strength conditions and prepare even better than it could have been this year. Next year we will be stronger, 100%!” said Strokova on the phone.
She also noted that the Russian national team is looking forward to the resumption of international competitions. “We are ready to enter the international arena”, – assured Skokova.
In the off-season, the Rugby player moved from Yenisei-STM to CSKA. The red and blue team won the first two rounds of the Russian championship, and on Sunday they won the national Cup. Strokova is one of the most productive players on the team. “The big break due to the pandemic gave me moral and physical strength. After all, we rested and missed Rugby, hence the energy on the field. Of course, I think I could have played better in the previous rounds, but overall I am still happy – I see that the fans are also happy, and I am very pleased. We have a very good and strong team in CSKA. We try to use the players to the full, reveal the strengths of each, so we get a well-coordinated game. Thanks to the coaches for that,” said Skokova.
“I spent almost two months at home. This gave me a chance to reboot and tune in. I was looking forward to the start of the new season, I was even unsure-I wondered if I had forgotten how to play Rugby. It turns out that I haven’t forgotten. Although we had a difficult first game of the season in Kaluga against VVA-Podmoskovye – we were “wooden” in the field, but then we played out,” the Rugby player added.