SAI’s updated SOP requires athletes to undergo tests before joining national camp


Sports Authority of India (SAI) has decided that every athlete, coach and support staff will have be to tested for Covid-19. The RT-PCR test will have to taken 96 hours before the individuals travel to the centers where National Camps are taking place.


The athletes and coaches will only be given the permission to enter Camps if they successful produce their Covid-19 negative report. SAI will bear the expense of the testing process. SAI has also stated that the athletes will have to stay in isolation for a period of 15 days, with a declaration for the same.


SAI believes that such precautions will help to create a safe training atmosphere for athletes training for Tokyo 2021, whether already selected for the event or eyeing to book their tickets.

If, by any chance, an athlete or coach is unable to test themself for Covid-19, theu will be tested immediately upon their arrival to the center. Only athletes, coaches and support staff who are found negative for covid-19 on retesting through RT-PCR on the 6th day of quarantine after reaching the camp would be allowed to resume sports activity after a total quarantine period of seven days.


Such athletes will be allowed to have contact with other athletes or coaches who are already habituated with the safe bio-bubble, for a further period of seven more days.

If anyone in the camp is tested positive for Covid-19, they will be treated as per the protocol of the local body or state government.

Assam (State Sports Academy, Sarusajai Sports Complex, Guwahati), Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu (New Sports Complex, Silvassa), Maharashtra (Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex, Balewadi, Pune), Madhya Pradesh (MP Academy, Bhopal), Meghalaya (JNS Complex Shillong) and Sikkim (Paljor Stadium, Gangtok): These six locations will now be used as NCoE (National Center Of Excellence) by SAI.

With Olympics pushed forward by a year, the training period should help Tokyo bound athletes towards a better chance to reach the podium. For athletes eyeing a shot at the mega-event, this will be an integral time to sharpen their skills to qualify from the trial.

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