Coronavirus pandemic: Sports ministry advises national federations against conducting tournaments, selection trials till 15 April

The fresh advisory from sports ministry puts a question-mark on the upcoming Indian Grand Prix of athletics that is to be held on Friday.

Press Trust of India March 19, 2020 14:48:49 IST
Coronavirus pandemic: Sports ministry advises national federations against conducting tournaments, selection trials till 15 April

New Delhi: The sports ministry on Thursday advised all National Federations to refrain from conducting tournaments and selection trials till 15 April besides asking them to ensure that Olympic-bound athletes are isolated from anyone who is not a part of their training camp.

The directive has been necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic which has wreaked havoc on sporting events across the globe. The fresh advisory puts a question-mark on the upcoming Indian Grand Prix of athletics that is to be held on Friday.

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"All sport organisations and their affiliate units are advised against holding any sports events, including competitions or selection trials till 15th April, 2020," the ministry said in a letter to the Indian Olympic Association and NSFs.

It also asked federations to not allow any non-camper athlete, coach or support staff in Olympic trainin1g camps without following proper quarantine protocols for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ministry's two-point directive states: "No exposure to athlete be allowed from outside in the campus where training is underway.

"No coach, technical/support staff athlete etc presently not in training camp and not staying in the training campus be allowed to interact or mingle with trainee athletes without following quarantine protocols.

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