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NEW DELHI: Concerns have mounted over the conduct of the senior national athletics championships in Patiala at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NS-NIS), as the venue of the five-day meet is witnessing a steady rise in Covid-19 cases.
The NS-NIS centre has reported new cases of the coronavirus detected among the coaching personnel and residential staffers.
The surge in cases has left the participants somewhat anxious about their health and well-being. The athletics meet will run from March 15 to 19. A couple of track and field athletes, who didn’t wish to be named, seemed worried about Covid-19 cases inside the campus and hoped for the event to pass off without any health scare.
The participants are worried that some of the cases were detected in the ‘Green Zone’ at the NIS, which exclusively houses the national campers and coaching staff, with many among them bound for the Tokyo Olympics or in contention to make the cut for the Games.
National campers from athletics, weightlifting and boxing disciplines have been residing in the green zone and no one from the red and orange zones is permitted to enter the highly-sanitised area. Cases have largely been detected among the coaching staff in boxing discipline and all have been self-isolating. Some of them had accompanied the Indian contingent to two different international tournaments in Bulgaria and Spain.
It’s a double whammy in the case of steeplechaser Avinash Sable, who has qualified for Tokyo in the 3000m steeplechase event. Earlier last week on Friday, his foreign coach Nikolai Snesarev, who had specifically come to India from Belarus to train Sable for the Olympics, died in his hostel room at the NIS. The reason for Nikolai’s death is yet to be established. Now, Sable’s Army coach, Amrish Kumar, has been diagnosed with Covid-19 and is in home-isolation. This has left the steeplechaser to practise on his own.
“There’s always this fear of getting infected, no matter how well sanitised the place be. The NIS has been reporting new Covid-19 cases which is worrisome in itself. Though the organisers and the NIS officials would be taking utmost precautions for the successful conduct of the meet, you cannot be 100 percent sure about this virus. It’s important as an athlete to remain alert in all situations,” stated a sprinter.

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