As several major sporting federations extend their support during these challenging times, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has also joined the bandwagon and assured full support as the country battled the COVID-19 pandemic. IOA also stressed on the importance of self-isolation under the current circumstances on Sunday. Also Read - Pasteurising Breast Milk Inactivates COVID-19 Virus
IOA President Narinder Batra on Saturday said the Tokyo Olympics qualification events, postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic, will be held once the health crisis is resolved. Also Read - US Joins India in Clinical Trials For Ayurveda Formulations Against COVID-19
“In past few days we got suggestions that IOA should also contribute towards humanity in these times of global crisis because of the coronavirus pandemic,” IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta said in a release. Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic May Have Set Back Growth of Women's Cricket by Two Years: Mithali Raj
“Your esteemed federations/state Olympic associations are following closely the norms and instructions issued by Government of India, WHO and other world organisations involved in managing this crisis.
The pandemic has so far claimed over 30,000 lives across the world while infecting more than 6.5 lakh people, and the country’s top Olympic body said they are always there to assist.
“This is just the beginning of our war against the pandemic, we aren’t aware how things will shape up in future, what all new challenges we all have to face.
“We assure you all, IOA will come forward and reach out to you and will work as per protocols and norms set by government, WHO, Unicef and concerned bodies.
In the meantime we have to follow self isolation,” the IOA said.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach on Thursday had a conference call with its members in the aftermath of the postponement of the Olympics. Batra is an IOC member as well as the president of International Hockey Federation.
Batra also said the IOA and NSFs need to plan on the extension of contracts of the coaches whose tenures were to end this year.