SAI announces SOP for training resumption

The National Sports Federations have been asked to fully implement the precautionary measures listed.

Earlier this week, the Home Ministry allowed stadiums and training centres to reopen without spectators. - K. RAGESH (REPRESENTATIVE)

The Sports Authority of India on Thursday listed out its Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the safety of athletes as they start training in SAI centres and other training facilities across India.

The National Sports Federations have been asked to fully implement the precautionary measures listed in the brochure. However, the resumption of sporting activities will be done in compliance with the government guidelines – in consultation with the local authorities.

All stakeholders who participate in and contribute to sports will be considered in resumption plans. Athletes and NSF staff have to provide a signed consent form declaring their consent and knowledge of all the limitations and risks associated with training under current scenario.

Guidelines have been mentioned for training areas, gymnasiums, medical centres and residential facilities. Protocols for the purpose of sanitisation at common places and utilities inside the premises have been mentioned.

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The SOP mentions some of the prerequisites for athletes, coaches and support staff to follow in totality for the resumption of sports activities in the country post the coronavirus-induced lockdown. The do's and don'ts are also applicable to the SAI administrative staff, hostel and facility management staff, and all visitors to the centres.

According to the SOP, "the resumption of sporting activity will take place in a staged fashion, starting with an initial phase of small group (<10) activities."

Before the resumption of training, a “COVID task force” will have to be formed to facilitate and oversee precautionary measures, and the premises have to undergo disinfection, according to the SOP.

Earlier this week, the Home Ministry allowed stadiums and training centres to reopen without spectators.

PTI adds:

Sparring was declared prohibited for contact sports such as boxing. The document makes Arogya Setu app mandatory for all athletes and staff.

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