The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) is in the process to begin training for its Olympic-bound athletes from June 10. If all goes well then BFI might bring both women and men boxers to NIS, Patiala in June.
BFI took this decision of resuming training while interacting with the athletes via video conferencing. Top BFI officials were present for the virtual meeting – vice president Rajesh Bhandari, executive director RK Sacheti, hight performance directors Santiago Nieva (men) and Raffaele Bergamasco (women) and chief national coaches CA Kuttappa (men) and Mohammed Ali Qamar (women).
Will Boxing Federation of India be the first to restart training?
BFI’s decision to begin training post the lockdown for its Olympic-bound athletes will make it the first association in the country to do so. BFI treasurer has said that boxers have asked and are willing to train inside the boxing ring. The national federation’s decision to allow men and women to train under one roof will help them to follow the government’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
BFI will have to keep in mind the logistical constraints as inter-state travel and flight operations are restricted in a few places. Training of pugilists will start in small groups of three-four athletes at one point. High intensity will be avoided owing to rise in a 72-hour immunosuppression window.
Insurance cover for Boxers
The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) while unveiling its Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) also came up with the insurance cover. The insurance cover comes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This particular policy will also cover coaches and support staff at the camps post the lockdown.
By virtue of this, BFI has become the first national sports federation to do so. The insurance cover for coronavirus will be provided as per the rules of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority. The coaching staff and pugilists will be covered by insurance amounting up to Rs 5 lakh and subsequently, a top will be available. This top-up can be up to 50-75 per cent of the basic policy. BFI clarified that the moment the camp starts, the insurance cover will come into effect.
The boxers and all the coaches will be tested at the entrance of the training centre once they come in. Tests will be carried out irrespective of the states to one belongs. A quarantine period will also be mandatory for everyone until the test results come.