On Monday, the country's top weightlifters along with Mirabai Chanu requested the Sports Minister of India, Kiren Rijiju to resume their training. They also asked him to ensure that their practice hall has enough space to practice social distancing. Since march, training has been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. Right now, all the athletes are staying at Sports Authority of India\u2019s centre in Patiala. SAI held a video conference for feedback and Mirabai told, \u201cWe all requested him to resume training as soon as possible because we need weight training. We have been working out but weight training is necessary for us.\u201d The coach Vijay Sharma also said that social distancing can be ensured at the training hall in Patiala. He said, \u201cIt\u2019s been almost two months since training was stopped. All the muscle mass has finished. The campus is sealed no one is coming inside or going out, so we can resume training.\u201d He also said, \u201cOur training hall is very big we can easily maintain a five metre distance between each weightlifter. We have 16 platforms and there are only nine weightlifters so we can easily maintain social distancing while training.\u201d\u00a0 Rijiju said that the feedback given by the athletes will be keep in mind while creating Standard Operating Procedure for training. After the meeting, Rijiju said in an statement that, \u201cI understand that our weightlifters need to get back to active training in view of the upcoming Olympics\u2026The feedback that I have taken from athletes and chief coach today will be used to draft the SOP for weightlifting.\u201d He also added, \u201cWe want our athletes to start training but it cannot be at the cost of their health. We must take all necessary precautions before we take a decision.\u201d Mirabai said, \u201cThe minister has said they will bring out a solution within this week or by May 17.\u201d Rijiju ensured athletes and said, "I understand that our weightlifters need to get back to active training in view of the upcoming Olympics. We have formed a committee at SAI to create an SOP to be followed strictly during training. We have included medical experts in the committee so that health-related precautions are included in the SOP." Concluding his statement Rijiju said, "The feedback that I have taken from athletes and chief coach today will be used to draft the SOP for weightlifting. I am hopeful that the report of the committee will be ready soon and we will be able to come back to you with a decision regarding the resumption of training. We want our athletes to start training but it cannot be at the cost of their health. We must take all necessary precautions before taking a decision." The meeting was attended by General Sandip Pradhan (the director of SAI), Ravi Mittal (Secretary of Sports and Youth Affairs), and other senior members.