News By/Courtesy: Riddhima Kedia | 23 May 2020 23:28pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • We cannot put health at risk just because we want to have a sporting event says Rijiju
  • The Sports Authority of India (SAI) is setting up some detailed Standard Operating Procedure for continuation of sporting activities across the country.
  • we are at the best stage of our preparation for any Olympics so far in history says Rijiju

CAN’T RISK HEALTH OVER SPORTS, NO SPORTING EVENT IN NEAR FUTURE SAYS KIREN RIJIJU
On Saturday, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said that he country will not be hosting any international event in the immediate future and the sports lovers will have to learn the new ways of things in this post-COVID-19 world.
The Union sports minister said, “We have been working for quite some time now to resume sporting activities but before that we have to think about practice and training. We are not going to have a tournament kind of situation immediately. We have to learn to live with the situation where sporting events will have to be carried forward without spectators in stadiums and sports venues.”Some of the officials have also mentioned that in this time of the pandemic, the government will have to take a call for further say on hosting international sports activities depending upon the situation.
“Our focus is fighting Covid-19 and at the same time we will have to work a mechanism to get back to normalcy. It is difficult to confirm dates but I am sure we will have some kind of sporting events this year,” he said. Our Country will always have health and safety are their top priorities as we are in this together.
Reports reveal that for the 13th edition of Rijiju said, “We cannot put health at risk just because we want to have a sporting event.”
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) is setting up some detailed Standard Operating procedures for the continuation of sporting activities across the country.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said that it will not push for the T20 World Cup in Australia to be postponed but would consider staging the IPL in the October-November slot if it becomes available.
This year’s IPL is worth almost $530 million to the BCCI but it has been postponed for an unstated time duration due to the pandemic while the World Cup, which is scheduled to begin on October 18 is in the state of uncertainty.
Giving an outlook on the Tokoyo Games that was scheduled this year but sooner was rescheduled to 2021 the ministry of sports said that they are hoping that this kind of quadrennial event would take place on the revised dates in accordance to the safety of people.
“Olympics is still far away and we have full confidence in the Japanese government and IOC and every country will support that the conduct of Tokyo 2021 will not be postponed. There are too many stakes in Olympics, so it is difficult to even foresee that the Olympics can be postponed,” Rijiju said.
He further stated, “As far as India’s preparation goes, we are at the best stage of our preparation of any Olympics so far in history. This is going to be India’s biggest contingent so far and have medal-winning prospects. But I am not saying we are so prepared to finish in the top 10 or 5 but our long term target is that India will be in the top 10 in 2028.”

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 24 May 2020 20:00pm IST


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