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COVID-19: SAI, NSFs to hold virtual sessions for its coaches

New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) The Sports Authority of India (SAI) and National Sports Federations (NSF) will be holding a virtual “education program” for its coaches. The sessions will be held from 5pm to 6pm from April 16 on the video conferencing app Zoom.

With the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing lockdown in the country putting a stop to all sporting activities, athletes and coaches have been holed up in their residences or facilities. The lockdown was on Tuesday extended to May 3.

The suspension of training camps will now be extended as well. Those athletes or teams that are in the camp will however remain there. “The prevailing situation will continue until further instructions come from the government,” a source told IANS.

Among those who are still stuck in facilities are the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams at SAI’s Bengaluru centre and star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra at the National Institute of Sport in Patiala.

PM Narendra Modi in his address on Tuesday said that relaxations on the lockdown will be considered after April 20 based on evaluations that will be made on the results shown by a particular area or district.

“The fight against coronavirus will be more strictly enforced in the next one week. By April 20, every town, every police station, every district, every state will be evaluated on how well lockdown is being followed or which areas have been able to protect itself from coronavirus,” he said.

–IANS

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