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Covid surge: SAI announces three-week vacation across NCoEs, Olympic probables to continue training | More sports News – Times of India




NEW DELHI: The alarming Covid-19 situation at its training facilities has forced the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to announce summer vacations across all National Centres of Excellence (NCoEs) for a period of three weeks.
However, elite athletes who are part of the national camps and are preparing for Tokyo Olympics and other international competitions at the NCoEs will continue to stay and train in their respective campuses.
Their sparring partners will also be allowed to train with them, the SAI informed in a media release on Friday. All athletes and staff staying back will undergo weekly RT-PCR testing.
The SAI will arrange for the safe return of all NCoE athletes who are heading home. Athletes will be provided air tickets from the NCoE to the nearest airport of their hometown and those living within a 500-km radius will be given AC-3 Tier train tickets.
As per the revised SAI Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), the sports body will conduct weekly RT-PCR tests for athletes, coaches and support staff who stay back on campus to ensure close monitoring of the Covid situation.
The SAI is making every effort to keep the athletes and support staff in the bio-bubble safe and conducted mass precautionary RT-PCR tests at NCOEs in Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Sonepat and Lucknow. Out of 1477 tests that were conducted in these centres, only 17 people tested positive which is 1.15% of the total tests done.
Earlier, the SAI’s Bhopal NCoE facility had reported as many as 36 Covid positive cases, which included 24 athletes primarily from wushu and judo disciplines. Last week, the SAI had informed about 26 athletes and coaching support staff returning positive for the virus at NIS Patiala.


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