IOA chief Batra continues to push for athletes to train outdoors during the shutdown, to again petition the government

NEW DELHI: Indian olympic association President Narinder Batra On Saturday, he said he will again request the government to allow national campers to receive outdoor training within the country's main sports centers during the coronavirus forced lockdown.

Batra said the IOA had previously requested the government in this regard, but was unsuccessful in obtaining a positive response. Some athletes at NIS-Patiala had also written to sports ministry to allow outdoor training observing the government's social distancing guidelines.

We have made some efforts to convince MHA (Ministry of the Interior) to allow athletes to train outdoors with all the guidelines of social distancing. Campers at the NIS, at the Bengaluru SAI Center and at the SAI Kolkata have been unable to go outside for training, Batra said.

I don't know if they will be allowed in the next two weeks of confinement. But once again I'm trying Sunday with the government, he said as he headed online for the Special Meeting of the General Corps of the Federation of Athletics of India .

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He also offered his good offices to intervene in any matter related to the extension of tenure of high-performance coaches and directors of various national sports federations.

Batra even suggested to AFI that it consider extending the coaches' contracts to 2022 Asian Games and Commonwealth games .

"Please take a decision on the extension of contracts of High Performance Directors or coaches. Let me know if I can be of any help. I will intervene whenever required and try to sort out the issue (with sports ministry ).

"I think in some sports the Asian Games or the Commonwealth games are 2024 Olympics qualification events or will offer ranking points for qualification. So, federations can even think of that on the extension of the contract of coaches," he added.

Batra praised AFI's efforts to raise the country's athletic profile.

"Athletics always lead in India's impressive performances in the Asian Games and Commonwealth games ."

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