The Asian Age

No trials, events, advises ministry

All sport organisati­ons and their affiliated units were advised against holding any sports events, including competitio­ns or selection trials till April 15, the sports ministry advised the Indian Olympic Associatio­n and NSFs via a letter.


New Delhi, March 19: The sports ministry on Thursday advised all National Federation­s to refrain from conducting tournament­s and selection trials till April 15 besides asking them to ensure that Olympic-bound athletes are isolated from anyone who is not a part of their training camp.

The directive has been necessitat­ed by the Covid19 pandemic which has wreaked havoc on sporting events across the globe. The fresh advisory puts a question-mark on the upcoming Indian Grand Prix of athletics that is to be held on Friday.

“All sport organisati­ons and their affiliate units are advised against holding any sports events, including competitio­ns or selection trials till 15th April, 2020,” the ministry said in a letter to the Indian Olympic Associatio­n and NSFs.

It also asked federation­s to not allow any noncamper athlete, coach or support staff in Olympic trainin1g camps without following proper quarantine protocols for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ministry’s two-point directive states: “No exposure to athlete be allowed from outside in the campus where training is underway. No coach, technical/support staff athlete etc presently not in training camp and not

● staying in the training campus be allowed to interact or mingle with trainee athletes without following quarantine protocols.”


The staffers at the Indian Olympic Associatio­n (IOA) will be asked to ‘work from home’ from the next week with the sports body set to suspend majority of its operations from its headquarte­rs in the wake of coronoviru­s outbreak.

“The IOA will start work from home facility for its staff from Monday. We are currently ensuring that all back-up systems are in place for a smooth functionin­g from home. The coronaviru­s is becoming serious day by day and we can’t risk our employees. Like any other profession­al organisati­on, we will go by the government’s advisory on this matter. — PTI

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