Rajiv Mehta, general secretary of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) feels that the training of the players should not be started yet, as the cases of Covid-19 are increasing rapidly with every day. The Sports Ministry on Thursday approved the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), with which players can return to training again. Mehta said, "It has been predicted that the cases of Covid-19 will be more in June. Matters are increasing rapidly even after lockdown. Why hurry to start the training of players? ”Mehta said that neither the IOA nor the state association and the government should be forced to return to training. He said, "I don't understand what is the hurry to start training." It is my personal thought that training should not be started right now as it will put players at risk. The situation of Covid-19 should wait for it to come under a little control.
In the SOP issued by Sai, the players have been asked to maintain social distancing during training. The SOP has also written that the players were asked to sign a consent form before starting training. Earlier, IOA President Narendra Batra told Mehta that some responsibilities of the General Secretary are being taken from him.
In his email, Batra said, "I have decided to reduce/distribute your workload and will do what is necessary for the coming days." Since I live in Delhi and some people keep coming to Delhi constantly, we will all take responsibility together. Mehta wrote, "I don't know what has happened. Everything is written in our constitution and all kinds of work are distributed to the people. Suddenly I am being told that some of my responsibilities are being withdrawn from me. He wrote," The Speaker feels that there is more responsibility or pressure on me. I don't think so though. I am comfortable with the responsibilities given to me. ''
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