Harpal Singh Bedi
New Delhi: Taking no chances in view of the drastic rise in the Covid cases, mostly owing to the Omicron variant. The Sports Authority of India on Wednesday issued fresh Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to deal with the situation.
These measures will be strictly implemented at the various National Centres of Excellence (NCOE) as well as the ongoing national coaching camps.
Upon arrival to the training centres, all athletes will undergo mandatory Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). If the test comes negative, they will train and dine separately until the sixth day of joining.
There will also be a micro bio-bubble, where the athletes will be divided into small groups for training and dining. The athletes have also been strictly asked to avoid interacting with other groups.
A repeat of the RAT would take place on the 5th day. The ones who get a positive result would undergo a RTPCR test and be treated in isolation, while the athletes testing negative would continue normal training.
Proper isolation facilities are being earmarked for Covid positive or symptomatic athletes across the camps and the facilities would be sanitized twice a day.
As per new SOPs there will also be random testing of athletes, coaches, support staff and non-residential staff in the NCOE, once every 15 days.
It has also been recommended that athletes would be participating in only those competitions recommended by the respective National Sports Federations (NSFs) and the SAI HQ officials.
For invitational tournaments and non-Olympic qualifying events, recommendations would be made by the respective Regional Directors (RDs) of the NCOEs.