Coronavirus pandemic: First two competitions of Indian Grand Prix series to be held without spectators, says Athletics Federation of India

The AFI also said that all the athletes coming from outside will be allowed to enter the NS-NIS campus only after a medical check-up by AFI/SAI medical team at the SAI NS-NIS gate

Press Trust of India March 16, 2020 19:45:11 IST
Coronavirus pandemic: First two competitions of Indian Grand Prix series to be held without spectators, says Athletics Federation of India

New Delhi: The first two competitions of the Indian Grand Prix (IGP) series will be held without any spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Competition Committee of Athletics Federation of India (AFI) said on Monday.

The second competition of the IGP series was scheduled to be held at Sangrur but it will now be held at NIS Patiala.

 <span class=Coronavirus pandemic First two competitions of Indian Grand Prix series to be held without spectators says Athletics Federation of India" width="380" height="285" />

Representational image. AFP

"IGP-1 will be held on 20 March 2020 and IGP-2 will be held on 25 March 2020 as per schedule. The venue of both the competition will be SAI NS-NIS Patiala," AFI said in a release.

"Spectators will not be allowed inside the competition venue."

The government had last week imposed travel restrictions to control the spread of the virus, while the sports ministry urged all national federations to avoid large gatherings in sports events.

Given the health hazard, the AFI made it clear that "personal coaches, support staff or family members/friends of athletes who are not part of the National Coaching Camp will not be allowed inside the competition venue".

The AFI also said that all the athletes coming from outside will be allowed to enter the NS-NIS campus only after a medical check-up by AFI/SAI medical team at the SAI NS-NIS gate.

The governing body also said that "all the athletes will be provided with an accreditation card" and they have to "leave the venue soon after completion of their event without waiting to witness other events".

As part of its many precautionary measures, the AFI also decided to strictly restrict the movement of competitors from NS-NIS entry gate to the athletics track and back.

"Those who are not part of the National Coaching Camps are not allowed to go to the residential hostels/guesthouses," it said.

The AFI Competition Committee also revised the events list for both the first and second competitions.

The events in the first competition are as follows: Men's- 200m, 400m, 800m, 5000m, 400m Hurdles, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put & Javelin Throw; Women's- 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 5000m, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Javelin Throw.

The events in the second competition are: Men's - 200m, 400m, 1500m, 5000m, 400m Hurdles, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put & Javelin Throw; Women's- 100m, 400m, 800m, 5000m, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Javelin Throw.

The AFI had earlier sought the views of its national coaches and foreign experts regarding the conduct of the Indian Grand Prix (IGP) series competitions.

The death toll following the global novel coronavirus outbreak has crossed 6000 and over 1,60,000 have been infected globally.

More than 100 people have so far tested positive in India apart from two deaths.

The disease has led to either cancellation or postponement of all sports events the world over in the Olympic year.

In India, the shooting World Cup and Indian Open Golf were postponed, while badminton's India Open was also deferred after Badminton World Federation (BWF) suspended all World Tour and sanctioned events.

Follow LIVE updates on coronavirus pandemic here

Updated Date:

also read

Rahul Gandhi tests COVID-19 positive after experiencing mild symptoms
India

Rahul Gandhi tests COVID-19 positive after experiencing mild symptoms

Sharing the news on Twitter, Rahul urged those who came in contact with him in the last few days, to follow required safety protocols

After historic 13-month hiatus due to COVID-19, New York Philharmonic delivers first concert in front of masked audiences
Arts &amp; Culture

After historic 13-month hiatus due to COVID-19, New York Philharmonic delivers first concert in front of masked audiences

There were electronic tickets with timed entry, and temperatures were taken upon entry. Each person had to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of having completed vaccination at least 14 days earlier.

In Spain, an elderly couple separated after the pandemic overcome grief through a glass pane
World

In Spain, an elderly couple separated after the pandemic overcome grief through a glass pane

The couple met in 1953 and got married in 1955. Except for a spell early in their marriage when he worked away from home, they always were together.