RYLEY Batt isn't concerned about playing in front of a full stadium with the potential to contract COVID-19 at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
While uncertainty continues to surround whether the event will go ahead in August and September, the Port Macquarie product had greater concerns for others.
"I'm more worried about spreading it to others, I'm not worried about getting it myself," he said.
Batt and Australian Steelers wheelchair rugby teammate Andrew Edmondson continue preparing as though the event will proceed as normal with a slight advantage over the rest of the team.
Most professional sporting teams have been forced to train individually due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Batt and Edmondson already have runs on the board.
We're still fortunate that all the gyms are still open, but if the gyms did get shut down we have backup plans in place.Ryley Batt
They've been training individually for years.
"It's not going to really affect us training-wise in Port Macquarie because we've been doing it for a while, but it's going to affect everyone in sport," Batt said.
"We're still fortunate that all the gyms are still open, but if the gyms did get shut down we have backup plans in place."
Most capital city venues have been locked down, but the Port Macquarie duo can still use the town's indoor facility.
Should that get closed down, they have the benefit of the option of using the outdoor netball courts.
With so much uncertainty surrounding the Games, the Steelers captain admitted it was difficult to remain focused on a strict training program.
"(Coronavirus) is something we haven't experienced in our life; everyone's out of routine," Batt said.
"The last time something like this happened was almost a hundred years ago so I'm not going to lie, I've felt deflated.
"But good sportsmen and good teams have to pick themselves up and put it behind them."
Batt said the team's preparations had been thrown into disarray following a number of cancelled lead-up tournaments.
The last time something like this happened was almost a hundred years ago so I'm not going to lie, I've felt deflated.Ryley Batt
Their original schedule had matches pencilled in for every couple of weeks between now and the Games.
"That's your match fitness; when you're in a game everything is different so you need those instincts and that's where we struggled in Leicester recently," he said.
"All the other teams were on point and we were rusty so we won't be playing as much as we want to which will hurt our preparation."
As a result, he had concerns about how "ready" they would be for their first game of the tournament so team management now have to come up with creative ways to mirror matchplay.
With the amount of money they've spent in villages and on venues, it'd be hard to see it cancelled.Ryley Batt
"It's thrown a spanner in the works so we need to try and come up with how to play competitive games against each other without flying domestic and contracting the virus," Batt said.
"We still have to make the most of the situation and adapt as best we can, whether that's mini competitions in Port Macquarie or somewhere, I don't really know."
The Steelers captain felt the Paralympics would still go ahead, citing the significant amount of money that would be lost as the main reason.
"I'm confident it's still going to go ahead because the Olympics and the Paralympics are huge sporting events," he said.
"With the amount of money they've spent in villages and on venues, it'd be hard to see it cancelled, but I can definitely see it postponed
"You only get one opportunity every four years."
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