Indian Olympic Association (IOA) chief Narinder Batra has said that the various national championships across disciplines can resume in October. He believes that if the COVID-19 situation in India improves then only there can be a possibility to conduct the events.
Narinder Batra and IOA remains optimistic
Batra while talking in a webinar organised by FICCI said that national championships might return in October. He mentioned his concern surrounding contact sports. The IOA President, Narinder Batra, said that he does not have a solution to this as an athlete sweats in a contact sport. It might cause problems for athletes. Narinder Batra feels when a vaccination or any treatment is out things then might be fine for contact sports like boxing and wrestling.
He specifically pointed out if things are not bad, only then we can get to see sports events happening.
He sounded confident about the coaches online monitoring process with respect to basic training and nutrition. Although the online monitoring process is on in full swing the output is not more than 40 to 50 per cent. Once athletes return to training whether in Patiala or Bengaluru then starting with a basic load is important. This will prevent exertion after the players resume training from a long layoff.
The process of getting back in shape for athletes will take around two to three months. The athletes who have already qualified for the Olympics or are in line to qualify are a priority right now.
Suspension of sports and plight of athletes
Due to the coronavirus induced lockdown athletes all over the country are stranded indoors. There are very limited or no means of training or practice for them. Although a week before the Sports Authority of India (SAI) had issued guidelines for the resumption of training at SAI designated centres.
The challenge remains to get back athletes from cities that are most affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Either there are restrictions with respect to quarantine or unwillingness to travel due to the spread of the disease. In India, all sports competitions have been suspended since March 25 as a measure to curtail COVID-19. The competitions which were scheduled to take place are either postponed or stand cancelled.
The governments move to open sports complex and stadiums only for athlete training without any crowd is a welcome move and will act as a respite to athletes in the coming days.