Telangana Sports Minister V. Srinivas Goud said that the athletes in the State can use the stadiums for training purposes from August 5 adhering to the COVID-19 safety guidelines.
This effectively means sports training will now resume across the State in all sports complexes and academies after more than four months since the pandemic brought sporting events to a grinding halt.
“The Government has framed certain guidelines in this regard and we hope the athletes will strictly follow like maintaining social distancing, sanitising the sports equipment and any other objects which they tend to use during training,” the Minister said during an online interaction, meant to seek the inputs from the lead athletes for framing a new sports policy.
Among those who took part in the interaction were Mohammad Azharuddin, Sania Mirza, Sikki Reddy, Sai Praneeth, Sumeeth Reddy, Telangana Olympic Association president and IT Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan, Telangana Badminton Association vice-president V. Chamundeswaranath, SATS VC & MD K.S. Srinivasa Raju.
The Minister also suggested the officials may put in place a mechanism that would ensure athletes utilising half the capacity for training on alternate days and not train in big groups.
“The whole objective is that no athlete should be hit by the virus,” he stressed.
The Minister, however, stressed no tournaments should be organised till further instructions.
“The State Government is determined to make Hyderabad as the best sports city in the country and for this reason only the Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao appointed a Cabinet sub-committee (headed by the Sports Minister) to draft a new Sports Policy,” he said.