Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, on Tuesday, announced that all the national camps have been postponed in the wake of the novel coronavirus threat gripping the world. Taking to Twitter, the Sports Minister said that all national camps will be pushed to a further date except for those which are training and preparing the athletes for the Olympics. Further, Kiren Rijiju said that academic training at the National Centre of Excellence & in the STC's will be suspended until further orders. Reassuring the athletes, Kiren Rijiju asked them to not get disheartened and remain patient & said that they will resume the training soon after reassessing the situation.
Due to Covid-19, SAI has decided that:— Kiren Rijiju Office (@RijijuOffice) March 17, 2020
1. Academic training in National Centre of Excellence & STCs shall be suspended till further order.
3. All National camps shall be postponed except for those where athletes are being trained as part of Olympics #Tokyo2020 preparation. pic.twitter.com/wDrzAP0tlY
This is just a temporary and precautionary step for the safety of our sportspersons. I appeal all our young athletes not to be disheartened. We will resume the academic trainings soon after assessing the situation.#IndiaFightsCorona https://t.co/giSwyN3qXf— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) March 17, 2020
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has hailed India’s efforts in containing the deadly coronavirus that has claimed the lives of 3 people and has affected over 120 people in the country. Speaking to a leading news daily, WHO official Dr. Poonam Khetripal said that PM Modi is monitoring the situation of the outbreak in the country and the government made sure that there were equipment and supplies to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, she stated that India has done a very good job of containing the COVID-19 virus so far and added that the government started preparing for the deadly disease well in advanced.