India’s Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has said that preparation is on in full swing to revive sports. He has inspected Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to welcome athletes back to competitive action.
Sports Authority of India centres and stadiums have been shut since the month of March due to COVID-19. Sporting action had been stopped completely and national camps were brought to an abrupt end.
Kiren Rijiju’s optimism on sports resumption
In the last few weeks, there has been some respite for athletes. Sports Ministry has started the facilities and allowed the training of athletes at its designated centres. Rijiju is also optimistic about conducting tournaments in the coming months.
Kiren Rijiju has said that sports will be played and practised with utmost safety. Athletes returning to competitive sports will need to strictly follow protocols. He is happy to see that the preparation for sports to return is going well. There will be sporting action soon with necessary measures in place.
Rijiju has personally checked the progress of work at the iconic Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The stadium is being made ready for athletes to resume training. The JLN is a prestigious venue where events of national importance are conducted every now and then.
The training was resumed in the month of May after the Sports Ministry passed a circular for the same. The nod was given in the fourth phase of the COVID-19 induced lockdown. National camps for athletics, hockey and boxing have resumed in a phased manner. This was done at various Sports Authority Centre (SAI) across India.
David John resigns from key position
Meanwhile, SAI has accepted Hockey India’s High-Performance Director, David John’s resignation. He resigned from his position due to health safety concerns. If reports are to be believed then his differences with Hockey India is the reason for his resignation. He was continuously side lined by the top bosses at Hockey India. This fact did not go down well with John. His association with the national federation dates back to 2011.