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Athletes can start training after April 15 but future of tournaments still not decided


Athletes all over the country are waiting for the lockdown to get over and get back to training and schedules. People might like to rest a day or two but that is not the case with athletes who are used to extensive training through out the day.

Online training might be going on for the athletes but there is nothing like physical work out in the training centres which professional athletes go through. The only part which keeps them going is knowing that the lockdown will get over on April 15 and they can start training a day after.

But another cause of concern is that the sporting events have still not been scheduled nor can be seen scheduled till the end of April. 

The spread of COVID-19 cannot be seen being controlled anytime soon which has made it even more difficult for the sports officials and federations to resume the tournaments says a report in The New Indian Express.

It is likely that a fresh training module will be on cards for the athletes. According to a top sports ministry official, even if consideration for training would be made, hosting events will have to wait. For example, Madhya Pradesh has banned hosting sporting events until April 30.

Each state has its restriction and no matter what the players feel, it all comes down to what the sports ministry decides.

Sports secretary RS Julaniya said whatever the ministry decides it will be with consideration of the current scenario and as per the notice of health advisory. While speaking with the daily, he said that a clearer picture will emerge next week around April 9. “We will consult with all stakeholders, the Indian Olympic Association, the national sports federations (NSFs) and the Sports Authority of India before arriving at a decision,” he said. “Our first priority is the health of our athletes, which we cannot compromise.


This report was earlier attributed to The Indian Express. However, upon pointing out, it has been changed to The New Indian Express.

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