The sports ministry of India, led by Kiren Rijiju, gave permission to the athletes for training with immediate effect. The strict restrictions of three stages of lockdown has been eased in the fourth stage and the relaxation includes the sportsmen’s ability to train in sports complexes and stadiums.
“I’m happy to inform sportspersons and all concerned that sports activities will be conducted in sports complexes and stadia strictly in accordance with MHA guidelines and that of the States in which they are situated,” the Sports Minister tweeted.
However, the relaxation is not without exceptions. “However, use of gyms and swimming pools are still prohibited,” Rijiju added in his tweet.
I'm happy to inform sportspersons and all concerned that sports activities will be conducted in sports complexes and stadia strictly in accordance with MHA guidelines and that of the States in which they are situated. However, use of gyms & swimming pools are still prohibited. pic.twitter.com/zDHECy09iFAdvertisement
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) May 18, 2020
According to sources, government and private facilities will be allowed to reopen their facilities, provided they maintain adherence to the MHA Guidelines. According to a source: “Sporting activities can now start across the country, including in private facilities and those managed by states but in complete adherence to MHA guidelines.”
“There is no time frame on when to start. It entirely depends on individual players and National Sports Federations (NSFs). For example, our hockey teams are based in SAI Bengaluru since the start of lockdown, so if Hockey India wants to start onfield training from tomorrow, they can do so,” he added.
Expectedly, a 14 day quarantine and medical check-ups shall be conducted upon the personnel involved. “Not just SAI facilities, all private facilities and academies will have to ensure medical check ups of those wanting to resume training.”
With the Olympics rescheduled to 2021, this gives Indian athletes plenty of time to prepare for the event. Other sports events, both international and national, shall also take place in early 2021, and sportspersons need to get ready.
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