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 - COVID Positive Man In Kolkata Donates Body For Medical Research On Infection
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 - International Flights: Singapore Airlines Begins Flight Operations From India Through VTL: Check Full Schedule Here
The development comes on the heels of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium opening up 50 per cent of its facilities for athletes. Also Read - Delhi Metro Services To Resume As Per Regular Weekend Schedule On All Lines From Today
“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)