Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, July 22
Confined to the hostels on the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala, and with restricted entry to the grounds for months collectively, star Indian athletes are feeling caged. Elite athletes on the NIS campus in Patiala have expressed their want to go dwelling to satisfy their members of the family as a result of they’re homesick, and since there’s no full-fledged coaching attainable there. It is learnt that the authorities will not be yielding to their requests.
In truth, within the wake of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), listed by the Sports Authority of India in May, in place, the NIS authorities don’t need to take any danger by any laxity.
Thus, for the athletes, the routine is tedious — hostel room to subject for reasonable coaching, then again to their room. “We are not allowed to roam freely even within the NIS campus. We have never been under so many restrictions ever,” mentioned a star athlete, requesting anonymity.
Alleging discrimination, athletes allege that safety guards and clerical employees at NIS have been coming usually from exterior the campus. They additionally claimed that NIS’s safety in-charge himself has been staying exterior the campus and was coming in each day, thereby posing a danger of an infection to the residents. On the opposite hand, a nationwide coach connected with the athletes on the nationwide camp had been requested to not be part of as a result of he needed to come from exterior.
An Olympics-bound athlete mentioned, “Even for small work, we have to plead before someone or the other. We feel humiliated. I want to go home. I am feeling caged here.”
A weightlifter based mostly on the campus mentioned: “I am missing my family the most. I want to meet them. I should be allowed to go home.”
Lockdown blues are evident
Since there isn’t any competitors in sight and there may be uncertainty in regards to the resumption of sport and Olympics qualifiers, the gamers are in a psychological turmoil.
It has been learnt that some athletes have began feeling low as no particular care has been given for the athletes’ psychological well being. An official connected to the ladies athletes mentioned: “They are frustrated now. They want to go home desperately. But they are not allowed. Every day, they request to go home.”
Coaches really feel that, for the wellbeing of the star athletes in these instances, NIS ought to have common counselling for them to assist them cope with the state of affairs.
When contacted, Raj Singh Bishnoi, NIS’s government director, mentioned he was in a gathering and can be out there for remark “later”. However, regardless of repeated calls to his cell phone, he didn’t reply to The Tribune’s queries.