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‘Chumba’ improvises to stay fit in Covid-19 break

By Barry Silah
Sunday, April 5th, 2020
Malkia Strikers and KCB volleyball player Sharon Chepchumba.

Malkia Strikers and KCB volleyball player Sharon Chepchumba has taken to improvisation to stay fit during this Covid-19 period and its proving helpful.

The 21-year-old who helped the team to qualify for the now cancelled Tokyo Olympics has been self-isolation at her house for the past three weeks trying to keep shape. 

However as she attests, the journey has been far from enjoyable but the element of safety made her adjust.

During this lull period the six foot youthful player has had to make changes in her life in a bid to stay ahead of the game

“This virus has interrupted everything and as players we have been affected greatly. However that is not to say life stops so we must be resourceful and seek solutions.

What I miss most is playing together with my teammates and also social interactions but now we have no choice other than relying on social media.

It is a challenge that we must overcome even as individuals in ours spaces,” said the ex-Kenya Prisons and Kenya Pipeline player during an interview with People Sport Friday at Mediamax Networks offices.

‘Chumba’ as she is fondly referred to  by fellow players now has two workout sessions in her house which helps her maintain her muscles and in her own words it calls for discipline and focus. 

“We have drills programmes shared to us by the coaches and it takes self discipline to attain the desired results.

At the end of the day, one has to keep busy so I adapt drills like squats, push ups and footsteps which collectively plus dancing takes one hour,” adds the star player.

She believes that the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics might be a blessing in disguise because it will give the team time to improve. 

“Our injured players like Trizah Atuka will be a much needed boost so we should do better hopefully next year after missing out in that stage for the past 17 years,” offers Chumba. 

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