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The lockdown to fight the menace of coronavirus in the country has been extended till 3rd May. If all goes well the normal life to an extent may resume at the end of lockdown on 3rd next month, but the sporting events, national camps cannot be started for another two months.
Insidesport.co has reliably learnt from its sources that the sports ministry has given clear directive to the National Federations, Sports Authority of India to not organize any sporting event or national camps till the month of July 2020.
The source privy to such a directive to the national federations told InsideSport.co that no sporting event or activity in the country will be allowed till the month of July for now.
“Government is clear that these are tough times and in such a difficult time no chances will be taken by organizing any sporting event or even the national camps for the athletes. Ministry will soon issue a written directive to the national federations in this regard. Already this was verbally communicated to the representatives of the national federations during the conference call with the sports secretary Radhey Shyam Julania”, said the ministry source.
Last week, a conference call was organized by the ministry where the top officials of the 13 national sports federations, Indian Olympic Association representatives along with the Ministry and SAI officials were present. It was made clear to the federations that leave aside the sporting events, not even national camps will be organized till the month of July.
“The intent of the government is very clear, that no chances can be taken in these times, we have to abide by whatever ministry suggests”, said one of the representative of the national federation who was part of the conference call with the ministry.
With this directive of government, it is quite clear that along with the national sporting federations in the Olympic domain this will also impact the events of BCCI. Be it the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) or any other cricket event, nothing will be allowed to be organized during this period according to the source.