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Health and safety of athletes is our prime concern, says IOA chief Narinder Batra – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra on Monday made it clear that there might be no compromise in relation to the well being and safety of Indian athletes. That after requires the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed gathered tempo throughout the globe within the wake of the speedy unfold of the novel coronavirus.

“I’m personally in contact on common and steady foundation with Union Ministry of Sports, Sports Authority of India, International Olympic Committee, National Sports Federations in India, with Athletes by the NSF’s and all stakeholders concerning the 2020 Olympics and preparations for Olympics,” Batra stated in an official assertion.

Batra additionally added that every one Olympic sports activities International Federations and 206 National Olympic Committees had a video name with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach on 17th and 19th March respectively to debate COVID-19 and the Olympics.

“All NOCs should get again to IOC this week on their preparations and the well being of Athletes of their respective nations. The well being & safety of athletes is prime concern of IOA and of the Union Sports Ministry and there might be no compromise on this regard,” he said.

The males’s and girls’s hockey groups, athletics and weightlifting athletes are at the moment coaching of their camps. Many of the probables are largely again dwelling whereas some of them are coaching privately of their respective coaching camps beneath strict management.

Canada grew to become the primary nation to drag out of the Tokyo Games as a result of coronavirus and Australia advised its athletes to organize for an Olympics subsequent yr, as Japan and the IOC talked concerning the prospect of a doable postponement of the Games for the primary time.

The Olympics are trying more and more unsure to start, as per schedule on July 24 this yr, with the IOC additionally now saying that they may think about all choices, together with postponement, in 4 weeks from now.

The lethal virus, which was first found in China has wreaked havoc on Olympic preparations of athletes, together with these from India.

Multiple qualifying occasions have been suspended and coaching journeys overseas are off the desk due to strict journey restrictions that are in place everywhere in the world.

The whole quantity of confirmed COVID-19 circumstances in India has crossed 400.

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