The 24th Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championship 2020 is decided to be postponed by the Competition Committee of Athletes Federation of India due to the rapid rise of Coronavirus cases in the country.
The Federation Cup was initially scheduled to be held at the Sports Authority Of India Center in Punjab’s Patiala from April 10-13.
This decision was announced by President of AFI, Adille J Sumariwalla, he said “Looking at the present situation in the country and around the world, hosting any competition is difficult. Health and safety of everyone comes first and we can resume the competitions once things start getting better. As of now, we have not discussed what will be the new dates for Indian Grand Prix competitions and Federation Cup.”
Earlier this month, AFI also postponed The Indian Grand Prix (IGP) series, which was going to be held at 3 different venues – at Patiala on March 20, at Sangrur on March 25 and at Delhi on March 29.
Till now India has recorded a total of 467 cases of COVID-19 so far, this includes 34 cured and 9 deaths. Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry said, “complete lockdown has been announced in 19 states and union territories. Some parts of 6 states and union territories have been kept under lockdown.”
At the same time, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director-General Balram Bhargava has also come up saying that 12 laboratory chains have been registered and they have started functioning.
“12 laboratory chains have been registered and they have started functioning. These 12 have 15,000 collection centres across the country,” he said.