No July 19 resumption of hockey camps as Bengaluru goes into lockdown

New Delhi, July 15

The nationwide camps for Indian males’s and ladies’s hockey groups won’t resume as deliberate on July 19 at Bengaluru SAI Centre with the rising COVID-19 case rely forcing the town into a whole seven-day lockdown.

The grave state of affairs within the southern metropolis has left the Sports Authority of India (SAI) with no alternative however to defer its plans.

Enjoying a break at their respective native locations after being confined to their rooms on the SAI Centre for 2 months as a result of nationwide lockdown, the gamers had been anticipated to return to base by July 19.

A SAI supply in Bengaluru, nonetheless, confirmed to PTI that there isn’t a manner the nationwide camps can resume on the sooner earmarked date beneath the present circumstances.

“We didn’t get any instruction till now about resumption of hockey camps. On June 18, we were just being asked to allow the players to leave for their homes but no intimation has been given to us on resumption of camps,” mentioned the supply.

“Frankly speaking, it is impossible to resume camps now because Bengaluru is under complete lockdown till July 22. The cases are increasing every day and there is a possibility that the lockdown would be extended till the end of this month.”

Although the SAI headquarters right here is but to take a proper resolution on the matter, Hockey India’s de-recognition by the Sports Ministry, together with 53 different National Sports Federations (NSFs), as per the Delhi High Court’s order, has made the state of affairs advanced.

“We can’t make any comment on national camps or anything as we are de-recognised by the ministry now,” mentioned a HI official.

A nationwide workforce participant too confirmed that they had been but to get any intimation from both the HI or the SAI about resumption of camps.

“We haven’t heard anything from anyone about resumption of camps. We were told that we will be intimated about resumption of camps and also informed about our travel arrangements, but we haven’t got anything,” mentioned the participant.

“Like all, we too are living in uncertainty and are just hoping that things become normal soon.”

Only males’s workforce chief coach Graham Reid and women and men groups’ scientific advisors, Robin Arkell and Wayne Lombard, are at present staying on the SAI Centre in Bengaluru.

It has been learnt that girls’s workforce chief coach Sjoerd Marijne and analytical coach Janneke Schopman, each of whom flew to their houses within the Netherlands final month, have deferred their journey plans and had been anticipated to reach right here subsequent month.

Men’s workforce analytical coach Chris Ciriello, too, has gone again to his dwelling in Australia. PTI

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