SAI set to resume sporting activities as per govt’s protocols

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Sports Authority of India has decided to resume training activities as per the government’s protocol related to lockdown intended to contain coronavirus. SAI, under the GOI, says resumption of sporting activities will be in compliance with Government guidelines on health, social distancing and hygiene to ensure the safety of all stakeholders. It said the sporting activity should take place in a staged fashion with an initial phase of a small group of fewer than ten athletes and the activities in a non-contact fashion while maintaining the social distancing, prior to moving on to a subsequent phase of a large group of over 10 athletes and activities including full contact training and competition in sport. Under the SOP, athletes resuming training at SAI centres across the country are required to sign consent forms, acknowledging risks associated with restarting practice amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. SAI has circulated forms that the athletes and the National Sports Federations (NSFs) as part of the SOP. The SAI said that the signing of the consent form will be monitored by its COVID-19 Task Force constituted at each training centre to guide and monitor all trainees and staff. Prior to the commencement of National Coaching Camp, NSFs will submit a written undertaking to abide by all the protocols prescribed in this SOP and various Government orders issued from time to time to prevent spread COVID-19. Besides the consent of athletes, the SAI needs undertakings from NSFs. The consent form for the athletes also requires the signature of the chief coach. Incidentally, SAI headquartered in Delhi in 1984 under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for the development of sport in India, has 2 Sports Academic institutions, 10 “SAI Regional Centres” (SRC), 14 “Centre of Excellence” (COE/COX), 56 “Sports Training Centres” (STC) and 20 Special Area Games (SAG). SAI also manages Netaji Subhash High Altitude Training Centre at Shilaroo in Himachal Pradesh and 5 stadiums in the national capital- Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (also serves as the national head office of SAI), Indira Gandhi Arena, Dhyan Chand National Stadium, SPM Swimming Pool Complex and Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range. Two “SAI Sports Academic” institutions are Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports at Patiala in Punjab and Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, conducting research and running certificate for  PhD level courses in physical education and sports medicine. SAI plays a major role in organizing Khelo India Youth  Games with the  Ministry of Youth Affairs and the host states. (edited by PKC)

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