With all the sports events getting caned or postponed due to the COIVD19, The Sports Ministry on Thursday officially suggested the National Sports Federation to suspend all the events until April 15 due to the above-given reason.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju told reporters,
“Today we have issued another fresh order from the ministry that all sports events and training centres will remain closed till April 15,” “We have also ensured that no athletes or technical staff travel from one place to another. Any mass gathering is completely prohibited. Even the hostels in training centres are closed.
“The only exception is for those who have qualified for Olympics or on the verge of qualifications. They are very critical because if they miss out on anything it will have a huge impact on our preparations for the Tokyo Olympics. So only these athletes and their coaches are allowed to practice in their designated national camps. For that also the coming of outsiders into their camps is strictly prohibited.”
The ministry’s advisory, which was also purported to the Indian Olympic Association and the Board of Control for Cricket in India, affirmed that in the case of athletes who will be training for the Olympics, no exposure to the athlete will be permitted from outside the campus where training is undertaken.
The advisory also declared that coaches or training staff who are currently not dwelling in the camp will not be supported to associate or mingle with trainee athletes without following the quarantine customs.
Over 160 confirmed cases have been recorded of the virus that has also led to three deaths.