Coronavirus pandemic: Sports minister Kiren Rijiju postpones all national camps except those for Tokyo Olympics 2020
All national camps, except for those where athletes are preparing for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, were on Tuesday postponed until further order in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Delhi: All national camps, except for those where athletes are preparing for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, were on Tuesday postponed until further order in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sports minister Kiren Rijiju said the academic training at the National Centre of Excellence and Sports Authority of India Training Centres will also be suspended.
"Due to COVID-19 , SAI has decided that: All National camps shall be postponed except for those where athletes are being trained as part of Olympics #Tokyo2020 preparation," Rijiju tweeted.
"Academic training in National Centre of Excellence & STCs shall be suspended till further order," he added.
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The pandemic-delayed 2020 Games are due to open on 23 July in Tokyo, but a surge in cases in parts of the country is creating new concerns.
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