COVID-19: AFI will resume the national calendar in September

NEW DELHI: The Federation of Athletics of India ( AFI ) On Saturday he decided to tentatively start the 2020 season competitions in September, provided that the health crisis, triggered by the COVID-19 The pandemic is resolved by then.

The decision made during the first online meeting of any National Sports Federation (NSF) will also depend on government guidelines.

The pandemic has forced national and international sports organizations to postpone or cancel their events.

According to the provisional schedule, the season will begin with the first Indian Grand Prix on September 12, while three high-level national championships - Open Nationals, Federation Cup and Inter-State - will be squeezed in less than two months from September 20)

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Open Nationals (September 20-24) will be followed by the Senior Federation Cup (October 5-9) and the Inter-State Senior Championships (October 29-November 2).

The National Inter-District Junior Athletics Meets (NIDJAM), which is touted as the world's largest talent hunting program for a single sport, is slated to take place as the end-of-season event from December 4-6.

According to AFI 's earlier calendar drawn up before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federation Cup was to be held in April (in Patiala), followed by National Inter-State in June (in Bengaluru) and Open Nationals in August (in Chennai ).

High Performance Director Volker Hermann, Head Coach Bahadur Singh and Deputy Head Coach Radhakrishnan Nair shared the competition schedule which provided for the resumption of national events in September.

We had planned for competition in two phases but have had to draw up in one, delayed phase, AFI Planning Committee Chairman Lalit Bhanot said during the online meeting which was attended by IOA chief Narinder Batra. .

There is no need to reinvent the wheel, he said, referring to the thinking behind the training and competition plan for elite athletes.

Bhanot said the decision to postpone the Olympics would benefit many young Indian athletes, as they will be mature and gain experience.

Of course, some of the older athletes took the maximum load in preparation for Tokyo 2020 and may find it difficult.