After 2 months of lockdown, the track and field athletes will finally resume training from today. The decision came after, the Central Government allowed to open the stadia without any spectators. The coronavirus has forced the sportsperson to stay indoors, this has hampered the fitness level of the athletes. All athletes based at NIS Patiala, Sai Centre in Bengaluru and Ooty will start the “outdoor fitness” training session on Monday. But the prior motive of Athletics Federation Of India will be to save the athletes from any injury.
Athletics Federation Of India President Adille Sumariwalla told PTI, “They will not have specific training as they were in their rooms for eight weeks,” when asked about from when will the athletes start specific training he said, “Of course, they will do that when their specific fitness comes to a certain level”.
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Guidelines have been issued to prohibit the athletes from any disease. The SOP mentioned by AFI strictly mentions
- No ground training if the athletes have any flu like symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, fatigue, difficulty in breathing.
- Social distancing should be practiced. No group training and the athletes should maintain atleast a safe distance from each other of atleast 2 metres.
- The athletes should carry their own essentials, such as water bottle, energy drink, towels and avoid using others belongings.
Some of India’s top notch sportsperson will start their training at NIS(National Institute Of Sports) the athletes were restricted to their hostels by Sports Authority Of India since March.
It becomes important for the athletes to start their training, as staying indoors without field practicing can effect their mental stability.
The sportsperson will need atleast 7-8 months to reach back to their peak. It is extremely difficult for the athletes to start from where they have left.
AFI is planning to begin from September 12 with three national championship being squeezed to less than 45 days.