Tribune press service
Chandigarh, May 3
In a major relief for local sportsmen preparing for various national / international competitions, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Vice President Singh Badnore has allowed sports venues to be opened gradually during the partial lockdown In progress.
The complexes will be opened after obtaining special permission from the UT Sports Secretary. However, the approval and allocation of schedules will be subject to the needs of the players.
The decision came a day after Chandigarh Tribune highlighted the problem facing local sportsmen. UT’s sports department had announced the closure of all local sports complexes due to an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, following instructions from the national disaster management authority.
“The complexes will not be open to everyone. These athletes, who are preparing for the Olympic Games or any other international or national event, must submit an application. We will assess their demand and based on the nature of the tournaments they (the athletes) will be allowed to use specific complexes at specific times, ”said KK Yadav, Sports Secretary (UT).
He said, “We have a number of sports complexes in Chandigarh to adjust a specific number of players. For example, if 10 swimmers or shuttles or paddlers ask us to allow them to train for one of their upcoming events, we will assign them different centers to train. But their request must be genuine and correct. I would like to point out that the facility will only be open to needy athletes … not for everyone, not for amateur players and not for leisure ”.
On April 30, UT’s sports department announced the closure of all local sports complexes. It was a shock for hundreds of athletes, who have been training regularly in recent months to prepare for the next championships.
“This (allowing limited athletes) is a welcome step on the part of the administrator. The city has a large number of complexes to accommodate players who wish to continue their training before the championships. Even players from neighboring areas can enjoy the facility. However, the process of getting clearance needs to be made easier, ”said Payal, a player.
“Coaches of these disciplines should also be informed before authorizing players. They must be present during practice hours to guide the players. Due to the restrictions in the evening, the complexes are expected to be open longer during the morning hours, ”said Prabhdeep, another player.