I''ll need 6 more months to get back to full fitness: Poonia

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New Delhi, Feb 1 (PTI) Commonwealth Games gold medallistdiscus thrower Krishna Poonia, who is recuperating from aknee injury, today said she would need atleast six more monthsto get back to her full fitness and participate ininternational competitions.

Poonia picked up the injury during the Commonwealth Gamesand it got aggravated later which affected her show in theAsian Games, where she claimed a bronze.

"According to the doctor, my injury is ok but I have towork on my strength and then I can throw. I have to go step bystep. I can''t go for heavy training now," Poonia told PTI.

"I am doing training but I am not throwing now. It willtake another 20-25 days to start throwing and another sixmonths to reach the level where I can compete in tournaments,"she added.

Poonia, who was awarded the Padmashree, the fourthhighest civilian award of India, said she will have to work onher strength and speed.

"I have to improve my leg strength level. Technically Iam sound but I have to add more speed in my throw. Before theOlympics we will go for foreign training and compete ininternational tournaments," she said.

"In abroad along with environment and diet change, we getto compete with athletes who are at the top level so we growin confidence which plays a positive role," Poonia added.

In last year''s Delhi Commonwealth Games, Poonia won thegold with a throw of 61.51 metres.

Talking about next month''s cricket World Cup, Poonia saidshe will cheer for India and wished all the best to MahendraSingh Dhoni and his team.

"All my best wishes to the Indian team. I take a lot ofinspiration from Sachin Tendulkar. I also like VirenderSehwag. I hope they do well," she said.

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