UPS formulates SOPs for centers, but training will resume only after MHA approval

NEW DELHI: Elimination of low-ventilation locker rooms, disinfection of training equipment after each use, a combat bar for now and use of gyms in turns: these are some of the measures to face the threat COVID-19 -19 Sports Authority of India It proposes whether athletes' training will resume later this month.

The SAI has formulated a detailed draft of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to be followed before the reopening of its training centers by the end of this month, as suggested by the Minister of Sports, Kiren Rijiju, but subject to the approval of the Ministry Health and Interior.

A six-member committee, chaired by Secretary Rohit Bharadwaj, has formulated a 33-page document, which has not yet been approved by the Ministry of Sports and Health .

The document proposes that the Arogya Setu application be mandatory for all athletes and staff, strict social distancing in training places, the use of PPE kits by the doctors on duty, the increase in sanitation measures and strict monitoring of athletes' health among a number of measures to counter the threat posed by the deadly virus.

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The committee has outlined a comprehensive SOP but it is not final. It is the first draft that has not yet been examined by the Sports ministry as well as the Ministry of Health. We cannot wait for the SOP to be fully approved, a UPS source told PTI.

SAI has sent the draft to the National Sports Federations (NSF) to seek your opinion on the recommendations.

"In the end, the resumption of training will depend on MHA's guidelines. If the MHA bars sporting activities in its upcoming guidelines to be issued post lockdown 3, like it did in the previous guidelines, the Sports ministry can't resume training," the source added.

The country will enter the fourth phase of the blockade from May 18, but significant relaxations are also expected.

The SAI acted proactively and established the SOP in case the MHA steps forward for training, the source said.

The SOP, a copy of which is with PTI, suggests the resumption of small group training, which Indian hockey players had already stated in their online meeting with Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday.

The SOP requires a COVID-19 -19 test from all athletes who would return to the training facility.

Returning athletes will be quarantined until the test results remove them from the COVID-19 -19 contraction. The doctor in charge must provide the final authorization in the respective SAI centers, he indicates.

The use of fitness equipment will be allowed only while wearing gloves and face mask and with the subsequent use of disinfectants afterwards. The use of the fitness room will be allowed only in small groups of a maximum of 5 people under the observance distance rules, he adds.

The SAI committee suggests that physical therapy and massage be avoided unless absolutely necessary. The protocol for such sessions would require the people involved to follow basic hygiene.

Athletes will be individually treated in spacious and ventilated rooms. If necessary, additional rooms can be opened with disinfected examination couches, the document states.

In addition to SAI centers, the SOP, if approved, will also apply to private facilities such as the Padukone-Dravid Center for Sports Excellence and Gopichand Badminton Academy among others.

The POE also stresses the need to form a COVID-19 Working group in each training center with the Center in charge as its ex officio president.

The SOP also establishes that it would be the responsibility of the NSF to guarantee full adherence to the training protocols.

The NSF will designate a Hygiene Officer to ensure compliance and implementation of all protective measures for athletes and staff safety.

The SAI panel proposes only one entry point for entry and exit at training sites with the use of the facilities by athletes or outsiders who are prohibited until the central government announces the relaxations according to local conditions .

The document proposes maximum restrictions for contact sports, which will have no combat in their training program for now.

Additional personnel will be appointed for the proper disinfection of the equipment before continuous use, it indicates.

Equipment that is likely to be shared and used continuously during a workout, such as punching/kicking bags, hitting balls, jump ropes, etc., should be used carefully without using such equipment to rub/touch the face, remove the sweat, cover mouth. add.