Coronavirus Outbreak: Sports Authority of India resumes activities in two of five Delhi stadiums
According to a SAI statement, sporting activities have resumed at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium from Tuesday afternoon in slots of one hour which needs to be pre-booked online
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Tuesday started activities in two out of its five stadiums in the national capital after the central government green-lit resumption of outdoor sports in a phased manner.
According to a SAI statement, sporting activities have resumed at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium from Tuesday afternoon in slots of one hour which needs to be pre-booked online.
However, activities in Indira Gandhi Stadium and Karni Singh Shooting Range are expected to start in a week's time as logistics are being worked out.
Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Complex will remain shut as use of swimming pools continue to remain barred in the fourth edition of the coronavirus-forced nationwide lockdown which ends on 31 May.
"Detailed guidelines have been made available to the stadia administrator and they have been briefed comprehensively to ensure adherence to government guidelines of health and hygiene," the government body said in the statement.
While archery, table tennis, badminton and lawn tennis have started in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium initially, activities at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium will depend on available facilities.
"Initially, sporting activities are being started in those disciplines where no contact is required among players and minimal sharing of equipment is needed," the SAI said.
"In keeping with the guidelines of the government on social distancing and hygiene, it has been decided a maximum of only 50 per cent of sports facilities in various stadia will be made operational to ensure social distancing.
"All stadia have been disinfected and deep sanitized, in keeping with guidelines. Thermal checks and hand sanitization of every athlete and accompanying parents is being done at entry gates. The wearing of mask has been made mandatory," it added.
The SAI stated that as per the government guidelines only athletes above the age of 10 years can resume sporting activities.
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