The SAI forms a 6-member panel to prepare the POE for the gradual resumption of training after COVID

NEW DELHI: The sports authority of India ( UPS ) has formed a six-member committee to prepare a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the gradual resumption of training in all sports disciplines at all centers once the national coronavirus-forced blockade is lifted.

The six-member panel will be headed by UPS secretary UPS Rohit Bharadwaj and will consist CEO Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) Rajesh Rajagopalan, Executive Director (Operations) SS Roy, SS Sarla, Col BK Nayak and Assistant Director TOPS Sachin K as its members.

All training had been suspended across UPS centers in view of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

The panel will draft a SOP, outlining protocols and preventive measures to be observed by all stakeholders, including trainees, coaches, technical and non-technical support staff, NSFs, administrators, shelter and clutter staff and visitors, once training resumes.

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The SOP will include in detail the guidelines to be followed in the entry rules, sanitation guidelines, precautions to be taken in common areas and by athletes while traveling to and from the center.

The UPS , however, stated that a separate committee has been formed to prepare a SOP for swimming, since the sport requires athletes to train in water and may have different health risks involved, as compared to other sport.

The recommendations of the committees are made in consultation with the respective National Sports Federations and other interested parties, and will be sent to the Ministry of Sports for final approval.

All NSFs have been asked to share their recommendations for preventive measures to be followed in each sport to ensure the safety of athletes.

The committee for swimming will be headed by Executive Director, TEAMS Division of UPS Radhica Sreeman, and will include Monal Choksi, secretary general of the Swimming Federation of India, senior coaches and doctors.

"The UPS will draw up the guidelines in consultation with coaches and medical practitioners to ensure all preventive measures are put in place before swimmers resume training," the statement said.

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