Sports Authority of India (SAI) has announced on Thursday that the national archery camp for will recommence from 25th August onward at the Army Sports Institute (ASI) in Pune, almost five months after it was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic back in March.
On the onset of the novel Coronavirus outbreak in India, the camp which had sixteen archers consisting of eight men and same number of women, was shutdown on 21st March, and the athletes had their training suspended, as the Army was at odds with its personnel coming in contact with the athletes at the camp.
Now after the implementation of unlock phases in the country, SAI has announced to resume the camp for the Olympic expectant archers, soon after the Army gave green signal to let the women athletes to stay inside the campus in the COVID ridden city of Pune, which has seen over 28,000 positive cases till date.
National archery camp to recommence from 25th August at the Army Sports Institute in Pune
“In unlock 3, and in view of the ensuing 2021 Olympics, The Sports Authority of India has sanctioned the National Archery Camp for Olympic-bound athletes from August 25, 2020 at
the Army Sports Institute in Pune,” SAI said in its official press release.
SAI further stated that in addition to the 16 archers, four coaches and two support staffs will also report to the ASI on 25th August. All personnel that will be present at the camp will undergo a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days within the ASI.
“The athletes, coaches and support staff will be given the Covid test, which has been made mandatory by SAI for all athletes arriving at National Camps in SAI facilities across the country,” the press release added.
Among the 16 athletes, Tarundeep Rai, Vishwas and Pravin Jadhav were able to continue training inside the ASI for being archers from the Army. The rest of the archers to resume their training are- Atanu Das, B. Dhiraj, Jayanta Talukdar, Sukhmani Babrekar, Kapil, Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat, L. Bombayla Devi, Ridhi, Madhu Vedwan, Himani, Pramila Baria and Tisha Sancheti.
“The guidelines of the Health Ministry as well as the SOP released by SAI, along with guidelines of the state government will be implemented on campus, while training is on,” SAI acknowledged.