SAI decides to launch ‘Khelo India again’, comprehensive training from 5 October

New Delhi: Sports activities for para-athletes and athletes preparing for the Tokyo Olympics at SAI’s National Center of Excellence (NCOE) across the country as the Sports Authority of India (SAI) moves towards the next phase of the Games India re-establishment. Has decided to smooth out in a phased manner. As part of the first phase in early June, SAI began training for athletes preparing for the Olympics only at various SAI centers, as SAI has a private infrastructure where our national athletes can be protected from Kovid-19 is.

The next phase is planned to streamline sporting activities (with a focus on the 2024 Paris Olympics and the 2022 Asian and Commonwealth Games) for para-athletes and athletes for the Tokyo Olympics in NCOE. It will include nine competitions which include para-athletics, para-powerlifting, para-shooting, para-archery, cycling, hockey, weightlifting, archery, wrestling, judo, athletics, boxing and fencing. It is being organized only at the regional centers of SAI with residential facilities so that there is no risk of Kovid infection for the athletes. This decision has been taken after detailed deliberations. Special attention has been given that the event of Tokyo 2020 (21) is less than a year away and our athletes cannot be put at risk of COVID.

To ensure complete safety of athletes, it has been decided to strictly comply with all safety norms including the Quarantine Protocol, SAI SOP and State COVID SOP. It has also been decided that athletes of similar competition will also be involved in sports activities in batches. The first phase is expected to begin from October 5, 2020 to smooth sports activities.

The SAI has also instructed the regional centers to maintain bio-bubble (zoning) to overcome any risk of virus infection among trainees in NCOE. Therefore, it has been decided that coaches, support staff, who are involved in the training of athletes, will also be retained in the NCOE to maintain the integrity of the bio-bubble for the safety of all athletes.

SAI has also decided to support athletes from sports where SAI does not have private residential infrastructure. This can be done if they provide training facilities under the Schlepp and Stace and if the administration, coaches and athletes there take all appropriate precautions against COVID-19.

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