It’s no news that Olympians are put on a strict diet as a part of their training months before they have to compete. The diet differs depending on the sport and the athlete, but it still definitely does not include everything an athlete wants to eat. Not everyone is as lucky as Michael Phelps was in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when his diet included fried eggs, pizza and pasta.
Recently, P Gopichand, the trainer of PV Sindhu who bagged a silver medal for India at the Rio Olympics, said the athlete will now be allowed to eat ice cream and sweet curd, something she loves and was forbidden from eating for quite a while. Reportedly, India’s youngest Olympian Shiva Thapa wasn’t allowed to consume burgers, fried food or even soft drinks.
So, it didn’t come as a surprise when Sakshi Malik, the wrestler who got India its first medal this Olympics, shared a picture of herself with a breakfast tray – smiling ear to ear. “A proper breakfast! How I have missed you!” she wrote, which clearly portrays the long wait she had to undergo for her favourite foods. And she’s not the only one either. A week back Australian badminton player Sawan Serasinghe posted a picture of himself with a massive McDonald’s feast once all his matches at the Olympics had gotten over.
In an interview after Malik’s brilliant performance in Rio, she reportedly said she missed eating aloo paranthas. “It feels like I’ve not eaten aloo parantha, kadhi chawal for ages now. I was mostly on a liquid, carb-free diet. Now I can relax,” said the 23-year-old and we can feel her pain because, c’mon, she was deprived of ALOO PARANTHAS! (Also read: How to make aloo parantha the perfect way)
This tweet has really moved many on Twitter, and they can’t stop showering all their love on Malik with messages such as “you deserve all the breakfast in the world now” and “I wish and hope you get all the things in life for what you have got us is priceless.”
A proper breakfast! How I have missed you! 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/UtSmF0gFQ5
— Sakshi Malik (@SakshiMalik) August 22, 2016
Well, Sakshi Malik, make the most of it while it lasts! There will be another competition to win real soon, and a strict diet to follow just before that! It’s not easy being an Olympian.