Karnataka government takes over badminton association for Covid-19 relief

BENGALURU: The Karnataka Badminton Association He received a written statement from the state government on Saturday, saying his facility would be used as a Covid-19 aid center for the next three months.

Puzzled by the note from Captain Manivannan, secretary, information and public relations, KBA He said the decision was unilateral and that he had not made such an offer to the government.

In the communique, Manivannan welcomed the KBA 's decision to offer its premises to the government for anti-Covid endeavors and said the department hereby assures you that all precautionary measures will be in place while using the premises. We will not cause any damage to the facility. The premises will be handed over to you after three months.

Three repatriation flights from the United States, the United Kingdom and Singapore will soon bring Indians stranded in those countries, and passengers must undergo varying degrees of quarantine. The government needs facilities to house them.

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KBA secretary P Rajesh told STOI: At no point have we made any such offer to the government. Recently, a few government and police officials visited our center to check whether it can be used as a relief center but we refused.

It is not possible because there are many renovations on the premises. Six of the apprentices from our academy are staying here as well. We cannot ask them to vacate. In addition, we presented a representation to MP CM Ashwath Narayan indicating that we would like to resume training, he added.

Incidentally, officials also visited neighbors. Karnataka State Billiards Association . But it was closed, the sources told STOI.

Meanwhile, it is known that the Karnataka State Cricket Association and Bengaluru Hockey Association have been directed to keep their facilities on standby. Both confirmed to STOI that they were approached by government officials around 10 days ago and had agreed to cooperate.

In March the Youth Empowerment Department and Sports had offered its hostel at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium and the Vidyanagar facility on Ballari Road for Covid relief. "Our facilities are ready and the authorities can take over even now if they are keen," a DYES source said.