Officials are risking athletes’ well being: Mehta

Vinayak Padmadeo

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 14

The secretary common of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Rajeev Mehta, has as soon as once more criticised the choice of holding nationwide camps in the course of the instances of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mehta causes that with out the vaccine it’s hypocrisy on the a part of the federations to power athletes to attend these camps when most of the officers have stopped their very own members of the family from venturing out from the secure confines of their properties. “I have said this before and I will say this again, why are we rushing to hold these camps when there is no vaccine out to fight the virus?” Mehta advised The Tribune immediately.

“Most of the officials have stopped personal interactions with others and have stopped their family members from going out of their homes. Are these athletes not someone’s daughters or sons? Are they not precious to their families? I want to know why we are risking their lives?” he added.

The IOA secretary common was reacting to the rising variety of detection amongst Indian athletes. Six male hockey gamers, together with India captain Manpreet Singh, have been beneath remark in Bengaluru’s SS Sparsh Multispecialty Hospital after they examined optimistic. Yesterday, badminton participant N Sikki Reddy and group’s physiotherapist Kiran C examined optimistic.

Interestingly, Mehta’s response got here on the day when Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) introduced plans to carry a nationwide camp from September 1. WFI has despatched a proposal to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to restart the camp in Sonepat and Lucknow for women and men wrestlers, respectively. Further, SAI introduced that the archery camp will resume within the Army Sports Institute in Pune from August 25. Weightlifting, biking and athletics federation have additionally resumed coaching for the Olympics-bound athletes.

Mehta reiterated that the present local weather was not proper to renew coaching as instances in Patiala and Bengaluru — two of the foremost coaching centres — are rising each day.

“Cases are on the up and we don’t know when it will subside. The officials who are pushing to restart camps have been arguing that other countries have already begun preparation for the Olympics. But those countries have far better health services than us,” Mehta mentioned. “Our healthcare workers are struggling to cope with the situation and here we are happily risking our athletes’ health. Will those officials take responsibility if something tragic happens to any of our athletes? Who will be responsible? This has to stop,” he mentioned.

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