Singapore's handball players, who are currently in Jordan competing in the Sept 15-25 Asian Women's Handball Championship to qualify for December's World Women's Handball Championship in Spain, also had to make adjustments to their preparations.
As they were unable to travel overseas for training camps and competitions, they sparred against the men's team and increased court training sessions from thrice to up to five times a week.
Sharlene Chan, whose last competition was the Singapore Handball Open Tournament in December 2019, was glad to experience the "adrenaline and intensity" of competing again and to feature in more events, including the World Women's Handball Championship, as well as the SEA Games and Asian Games next year.
The 27-year-old said: "This year's Asian Championship was an important stepping stone that would give us a good gauge of our standard and also gain international game experience.
"It's going to be a very exciting timeline for handball in the upcoming year."