In the conversation with National sports Federation on Tuesday, current Sports minister of country has stated many ways for sports events which are going to begin in August. Kiren Rijiju also said you have to think according to the situation right now having in the country federation may think about smaller leagues with new format for teams playing in the stadiums but without audience.
Sports minister said, “league managers and propose a few events that can be organised in each sport in the coming months.”
Kiren Rijiju further added, “Given the situation, we have to be innovative about events. We may need to hold smaller events in stadiums with no audience. But we can surely try and beam the sports on television channels and social media platforms. The resumption of sporting events will boost the confidence of our athletes and also create an atmosphere of normalcy in these trying Times. We can plan some events August onwards.”
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The sports minister also said time is allowing to open the gates of one more with all rules and regulations related to corona
“since the federation are best qualified to decide the way forward for each sport, the ministry would like to get ideas from federations. The sports Ministry will review all the ideas and work in tandem with federations to open up sports. I feel from August onwards we should be able to start some sporting as well.”
In a meeting with federation the issue was high lighted after the fear of sponsorship and even asked for financial services from the government required for the events and Grant for training calendar.
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Federation added, “There are several costs that federations have to manage through sponsors and the situation is so bad that we are already getting feelers from our sponsors that funding will be slashed. All the federations are facing similar problems,”
Even though ministry has the plan to start training of elite athletes but still seeing situation they have not started it. SAI centers in Benguluru and Paitala have started the training of athletes who were in the quarantine period since lockdown. National camps are yet to start in boxing, badminton, cycling, wresting, shooting due to various factors. In some cases the permission from state is not clear and in other players are refuse to join camp.
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