After an employee, whose relative tested positive for the coronavirus, came to the office on Tuesday, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) headquarters has since been sanitised on Wednesday as a precautionary measure. Also Read - Lockdown in UP: What About Cars And Bikes, Can You Use Them During Weekend Shutdown? Know Here
The SAI headquarters, located in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium complex in New Delhi, has been functioning with 33 percent staff as per the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Also Read - Bengali Actor Koel Mallick Along With Her Parents And Husband Test COVID-19 Positive, Family Under Self-Quarantine
The development comes on the heels of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium opening up 50 per cent of its facilities for athletes. Also Read - Why Uttar Pradesh Govt Announced 55-Hour Total Lockdown in State?
“Initially sporting activities are being started in those disciplines where no contact is required among players and minimal sharing of equipment is needed,” said SAI in a statement on Wednesday.
“Accordingly, archery, table tennis, badminton and lawn tennis will be started in JLN Stadium and Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium depending on facilities available. In keeping with the guidelines of the government on social distancing and hygiene, it has been decided a maximum of only 50 per cent of sports facilities in various stadia will be made operational to ensure social distancing.”
The MHA while announcing the extension of the ongoing lockdown to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, had said that stadiums and sports facilities can be opened up for athletes.
However, it had prohibited aquatic activities from taking place because of which the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Complex will remain closed.
(With agency inputs)