The Tamil Nadu government on Friday allowed the stadia and sports complexes in the state to open for outdoor training of international and national-level athletes.
It has also issued the Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) for resumption of training activities of sportspersons in the state preparing for national and international events. However, gyms and swimming pools will remain closed while no spectators will be allowed inside the stadiums for now.
Recently, worried about the impact of a prolonged time away from sports on players, V Baskaran, president of Chennai Hockey Association, felt the government can reopen stadia for training at least.
“National and international players may find it easier to get back to rhythm after a hiatus,” opined Baskaran. “Juniors will find it difficult if there is no practice for three to four months.”
And now, the athletes who are willing to resume outdoor practice will need to sign a consent form declaring their knowledge of all the risks associated with training under the current Covid-19 scenario. The use of Aarogya Setu app was also made mandatory for all athletes, coaches and staff at the SDAT centres.
Tamil Nadu’s COVID-19 case tally fell just short of the 2 lakh-mark at 1,99,749 after 6,785 new cases were reported on Friday. The death toll is now 3,320 after 88 deaths were recorded on the day.