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SAI delivering training equipment to athletes during lockdown

NEW DELHI: The uncertainty across the COVID-19 state of affairs and the resultant lockdown isn't showing any signs of finishing soon. As a result, it is more likely to keep most Indian athletes confined to their homes for a while even after the lockdown is lifted. Preempting that state of affairs, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and its Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) Secretariat have ensured that the rest that the athletes need to train at house reaches their doorstep.

Soon after the nationwide lockdown used to be announced via Prime Minister Narendra Modi, starting March 25, 2020, the equipment within the Sports Ministry used to be set in movement to determine the learning necessities of now not just TOPS athletes but in addition the core checklist of probables of the Tokyo Olympics (now postponed to 2021) during lockdown.

"A total of 107 athletes (including para-athletes) were mapped for their requirements towards their training at home. The equipment requirements of all the athletes were collected and mapped according to SAI regional centres," SAI informed

"Around 43 requests were received from the athletes, half of which have been fulfilled with the help of SAI regional centres, state governments and NGOs," it additional mentioned.

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The athletes to benefit up to now from this initiative via the Sports Ministry include names like wrestler Bajrang Punia, shooters Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker and boxers Lovlina Borgohain and Ashish Kumar among others.

Bajrang Punia Wrestling Training mats and dietary dietary supplements
Sunil Kumar Wrestling Dietary dietary supplements
Saurabh Chaudhary, Manu Bhaker, Divyansh Panwar, Yashaswni Deswal Shooting Air pellets, templates, paper goals
Sanjeev Rajput Shooting Gym bicycle and online advisor nutritionist
Lovlina Borgohain, Simranjeet Kaur, Ashish Kumar Boxing Dumbbells, weights, barbell rods, and many others.
Jayanti Behra Para-athletics Exercise motorcycles

"I had requested for target papers and pellets and received those on Sunday," Manu Bhaker informed She is recently coaching on the range her father constructed for her at her house in Goria, Haryana.

"SAI delivered those at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range in Delhi, and my father arranged for it to reach us. It took 3-4 days, but I have it now."

"It (pandemic) is a situation that none of us saw coming. So I thank SAI for helping me out with this so that I can continue to train," Manu mentioned.

Until now, Bajrang may just grapple with fellow wrestler Jitender, who is living with him, handiest in status place. But he has been able to acquire kabaddi mats from the regional SAI Centre (Sonipat) as a makeshift arrangement.

"Yes, I have been provided that from the SAI centre. It's not a wrestling mat, but the one used in kabaddi. Still, it will help me," the former world No. 1 wrestler within the 65kg class informed

As the instances around COVID-19 developed, the lockdown, which used to be scheduled to finish on April 14, used to be extended till May 3. It led to lingering logistical issues, which can be being taken care of out with the help of SAI regional centres and state governments.

Pistol shooter Abhishek Verma, who's together with his relatives in Chandigarh, has additionally sounded out SAI about his necessities, and expects the required equipment to be delivered after May 3.

"TOPS (officials) called to ask if I need anything related to exercise or shooting. I have given them my requirement of electronic target (machine) and SCATT (simulation shooting software). They said they will try to provide that as soon as the lockdown is lifted (as of now post May 3)," Verma mentioned talking to

"This is an ongoing process as it depends on the local (state government) restrictions. As and when the situation improves, attempts will be made for fulfilling the same," SAI mentioned in response.

Many athletes, then again, are at various SAI centres during the lockdown, like javelin-thrower Neeraj Chopra (NIS Patiala), weightlifter Mirabai Chanu (SAI Bengaluru) and the lads's and girls's hockey teams (SAI Bengaluru).

It has been learnt that the Sports Ministry has asked for permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs, so that the athletes recently on the SAI amenities can resume their coaching post May 3.

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