Following a request from the health ministry, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) will convert its centres which have been closed down due to coronavirus pandemic as quarantine facilities for patients who have contracted the disease. Also Read - US Sets New Global Record With 1,480 Deaths in 24 Hours; President Trump Recommends Face Masks

Confirming the decision on Sunday, Sports Secretary Radhey Shyam Julaniya they are ready to extend as much support as possible to the government to help them deal with coronavirus crisis. Also Read - Popular Comic Artist Juan Gimenez Dies of Coronavirus at 76



“Yes, we have decided to allow all our centres to be used as quarantine facilities after the Health Ministry asked for it. It is a pandemic and all the SAI centres are public properties,” Julaniya told PTI. “This is a crisis situation and whatever support the government needs, we are ready to provide that.” Also Read - FWICE Makes Home-Delivery of 500 Ration Kits For Wage Workers, Writes to Shah Rukh Khan For Financial Help

SAI has 10 regional centres and five stadiums in New Delhi under its authority. As per official estimates, least 2,000 people can  be quarantined in these facilities.



Julaniya however, didn’t say when the centres will be used.

After the rising cases of coronavirus in the country, all training camps at SAI centres, barring for those preparing for the Olympics, have been cancelled with athletes advised to return home by the Sports Ministry.

However, those who are preparing for the Tokyo Games, have to follow strict guidelines, maintaining social distancing. The federations have been instructed to not let these athletes come in contact with the outsiders.

In India, over 300 have been reported to have contracted the deadly coronavirus with seven deaths so far.

Globally, over 3,00,00 have been infected with the virus while 12,000 have been reported dead.