Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Game Kiren Rijiju has supposed national exercise camps will continue as the country pursues to enable Olympic athletes the chance to train ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
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Rijiju said the Times of India that the country has allowable training camps to continue in phases, contingent on the situation in the own states in India. India has the third-highest number of logged coronavirus cases universal with over 1.1 million having been recorded since the start of the crisis, which has seen 27,707 deaths in the nation.
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) approved a standard operating procedure to allow national sporting centers to reopen in May, with athletes slowly being allowed to resume training. Rijiju has said athletes expected to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games are the current priority, but other training camps will be able to resume soon. Boxers were enforced to undergo a further quarantine retro at their training center, following validation a side doctor tested positive last week.
“The boxers are now in Patiala, however are going through an extended quarantine,” Rijiju said the Times of India.
Once the quarantine is over, they will restart training as per the normal operating process laid down. The shooting ability has been opened up and all Olympic-bound shooters are free to continue their training. The other camps will confidently start but the training of athletes bound for Tokyo Olympic is our priority at this juncture.
“Due care is being taken of athletes at Pariala and Bengaluru centers,” Rijiju supposed.
An investigation was reportedly launched earlier this month, after boxers Vikas Krishan, Neeraj Goyat, and Satish Kumar were alleged to have breached quarantine rules. It was claimed the three boxers tested negative for coronavirus on Thursday (July 9), which meant they were allowed into the National Institute of Sports center in Patiala.
The athletes were expected to undergo a further week of quarantine on arrival under SAI protocols but allegedly began mixing with other athletes in the center. Rijiju suggested that despite the alleged breach and the confirmed positive test of a team doctor, he was confident in the steps being taken to ensure a safe environment at training centers.
He pointed to positive feedback from athletes while adding that they are aware of the importance of setting the correct example to others. I had personally interacted with athletes and coaches of hockey, athletics, and weightlifting while they were in the camps. They were very happy with the steps taken by SAI to maintain a sanitized atmosphere in the camps.
At the same time, all elite athletes are our national assets and role models for the nation. Athletes are conscious of the fact that they are setting an example for others. SAI will do whatever is best for athletes. The comfort and feedback of athletes are of paramount importance to us.
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