With the Tokyo Olympics being postponed to next year now, the career and preparations of some athletes are bound to be affected and, the Sports Ministry and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) are to come up with a plan to address the arising issues. Also Read - Delhi Capitals Speedster Anrich Nortje Tests COVID-19 Positive: Report
On Tuesday, in a universally acknowledged move, the Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the Olympics are being deferred to 2021 in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - 'Doctor Doctor Chillate Reh Gaye...' Wailing Daughter Confronts Minister After Father Dies of COVID | WATCH
Several national federations and Olympic-bound athletes had raised concerns over their safety with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) delaying a call earlier. However, the announcement has now brought a much needed relief to the stakeholders but it has given rise to different fears now. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Tests Positive For COVID-19, in Self Isolation
“A one-year postponement might impact the career/qualification and plans of some athletes, which would be addressed in the coming months and all necessary support would also be extended by us,” IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said in a letter to the IOC and the Tokyo Games organisers without specifying any names.
“I am holding discussions and there would be meetings scheduled with the Federations after the locked-down in India is over. Athletes’ safety is our utmost priority now. We would be also be consulting with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in revising the preparation plans,” the letter added.
Various Olympic qualifiers across the globe were cancelled with the spread of COVID-19.
Over 4,00,000 are reported to have been infected by the virus and close to 19,000 have died as a result of the deadly diseases that has triggered a global health crisis.
India became the latest to impose a complete lockdown with the infected cases crossing 400 in the country.