AGENCIES, New Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday reviewed the initiatives undertaken by his ministry and Sports Authority of India (SAI) to keep the athletes engaged in the wake of the 21-day nation-wide lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister held a meeting with regional directors of all SAI centres across the country through a video conferencing and deliberated upon measures needed to be taken once the lockdown is lifted.
Barring SAI South Centre, Bengaluru, where both the national men’s and women’s hockey teams are currently based and National Institute of Sports, Patiala, where a few athletes are still there, all other centres are vacant.
“The minister also took feedbacks from SAI, Bengaluru and NIS Patiala centres on the steps they have taken to follow the lockdown guidelines in their premises as these are two centres where athletes are currently present. Athletes and coaches of all other centres have gone home,” an SAI official told PTI.
The athletes are also required to follow the live sessions of SAI every day, where experts speak on various aspects of sports, including physical fitness and nutrition.
#IndiaFightsCorona,” Rijiju’s office tweeted. “At the review meeting chaired by @kirenrijiju with senior SAI officials, he was briefed that elite athletes are being monitored by TOPS team for 1) How they are maintaining weight 2) How they are staying connected to their coach, nutritionist, strength and conditioning experts.”
Rijiju is scheduled to hold another such review meeting before the end of the national lockdown on the midnight of April 14.