Argentine wildwater canoeing slalom racer Sebastian Rossi has found an innovative way to continue his training amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.
28-year-old Rossi trains in his girlfriend's swimming pool with his canoe strapped to a pair of palm trees while he paddles vigorously in the water.
The set-up is not ideal as he misses being out in the white water, but he says it's better than nothing.
Rossi's father was his inspiration who gave him basic kayaking lessons in a municipal swimming pool in Buenos Aires. He soon fell in love with the sport.
Argentine athlete Sebastian Rossi is training for the Olympics with an innovative home setup – inside his girlfriend's swimming pool pic.twitter.com/heUCBiKv99— Reuters (@Reuters) June 9, 2020
Rossi's unique way to keep his training on had social media cheering for him.
Necessity is the mother of invention.— What Can Ya Do? (@ItsSealed) June 9, 2020
Argentine canoeist Sebastian Rossi trains in his girlfriend's pool, due to the coronavirus outbreak, as he prepares for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian👍 pic.twitter.com/8XiQY7rvdv— Abdulsatar Bochnak (@AbdulsatarBoch1) June 9, 2020
Sebastian Rossi -Palista Argentino pic.twitter.com/bVlauntx5y— PatagoniaRebelde (@PatagoniaRebel4) June 5, 2020
Some, however, found a funny side to it.
reminds me of pic.twitter.com/n95Unzas1E— Rusty “As a retired veteran...” Shackleford (@pfcilng) June 9, 2020
Trained by French coach Sebastien Perilhou since 2010, Rossi made his international debut in 2007, in Brazil's Foz Do Iguacu during the Pan American Championships. He went on to win a silver medal at the Pan American Games in Lima in 2019.
His eyes were firmly set on classifying for the postponed 2020 Olympic Games in Japan, but his dream was dashed this year. He nevertheless remains optimistic and continues to train hard.
Argentina has reported 664 deaths from the virus with 22,794 infections.
(With Reuters inputs)