National camp for elite athletes to continue in SAI centers

About 10 athletes tested positive for COVID-19 at the Indian Sports Authority (SAI) Center in Bengaluru, and some have been hit for the second time. And although the SAI announced on Monday that it is closing 67 training centers across the country, it will not affect elite athletes who are preparing in national camps for this year’s major tournaments, including the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships.

67 STC centers closed

“The SAI has various programs such as STC, NCOE, national camps, academic institutions and only STC training centers have been asked to close. And if students are studying there in classes 10, 11 or 12 and if they have exams scheduled, we have provisions that will allow them to stay, “said G. Kishore, director of the SAI-LNCPE center in Thiruvananthapuram. Hindus on Monday.

“NCOEs (National Centers of Excellence), national camps and regional centers and academic centers will operate according to the COVID-19 protocol and the guidelines of the Ministry of Health. The athletic national camp will continue. In Thiruvananthapuram, only one athlete tested positive (for COVID-19) and was kept in solitary confinement.

Thiruvananthapuram is now home to a national camp for sprinters, quarterbacks, relays and hurdles. As track transfer work at the SAI-LNCPE center has not yet been completed, Kishore said the athletes would be taken in special vehicles to other synthetic tracks in the capital, Kerala, for training.

“They will be removed at the appointed time with due care and protection. Also once in a while to the beach, to a beach run, “he said.

Adille Sumariwalla, President of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), also confirmed that the national camps will not be closed.

Meanwhile, about 10 athletes hit COVID-19 in the SAI in Bengaluru.

“COVID-19 only got four to five during the jumps, but many have no symptoms. Two to three coaches were also tested positively, “said a leading athlete from the center of Bengaluru.

David Berry

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