National Sports To Begin By October: IOA president

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New Delhi: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Dhruv Batra has informed that national sports competitions in India should return by October.

Batra added that ‘unique’ Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have already been put together for ‘most sports’.

Addressing a FICCI webinar on ‘Sporting Events: Embracing the New Normal’, Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, president, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) said, “We have already put together unique SOPs for most sports and are in the process of identifying regional centres for sports where competitions will be allowed. While Bengaluru has been identified for hockey and Delhi for shooting. However, we are yet to figure out the best SOPs for contact sports such as wrestling.”

Batra said that the government is supporting all sports in the country and there is a lot of positivity among players and they want to get back on the track.

He added that while working out and training at homes, a player’s output is around 40-50 percent. “Hence once back on the field, players need to move from basic load to medium and then high load and getting back to full load may take up to 2-3 months,” he said.

Vishal Kumar Dev, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Sports and Tourism, Government of Odisha said “It is easy to issue SOPs and guidelines but difficult to implement them. Hence, there is a need to assess the feasibility aspect of the implementation of SOPs that are being issued for players.”

Former cricketer and Chairman of ICC Cricket Committee, Anil Kumble, was also present during the webinar and said that the idea is to kick-start cricket and monitor the different aspects of the game.

On the other hand, Sanjog Gupta, Chair, FICCI Sports Committee said that fan engagement is an integral part of sports.

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