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SAI holds conference with Hockey India, draws plans for next 16 months

NEW DELHI: The Sports Authority of India on Saturday held a meeting with Hockey India officials and nationwide crew coaches by way of a video convention and drew a roadmap for the following 16 months main as much as the Tokyo Olympics.

Among other issues, the COVID-19 pandemic has also ended in the postponement of the Tokyo Games to subsequent year.

And, at the same time as the country battles the unprecedented international health crisis, the SAI plans to carry conferences with presidents, secretary generals, prime efficiency administrators, head coaches and leader executives of all National Sports Federations (NSFs) to think again their long-term plans, qualification eventualities and methods to align with the Olympics.

In that direction, SAI director common Sandip Pradhan and other officials held a meeting with Hockey India representatives, which integrated its leader govt officer Elena Norman, govt director R Ok Srivastava, prime efficiency director David John and the boys's and ladies's teams' leader coaches, Graham Reid and Sjoerd Marijne, respectively.

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Various modalities concerning the sport, including the teams' training, domestic festival structure and international exposure, had been mentioned.

According to a commentary from the SAI, plenty of viable answers and possible choices to the earlier deliberate technique had been deliberated upon in view of the continuing lockdown.

Also mentioned had been choices reminiscent of training beneath quarantine (bodily and mental sides) and imaginable restricted cross-border motion once the lockdown is lifted.

The DG also reviewed the various measures followed to comprise the spread of the radical coronavirus at SAI Centre in Bangalore the place both the Indian males's and ladies's hockey teams core probables are accommodated.

The males's crew leader trainer Reid expressed self assurance about their Olympic preparations.

"We had an overly productive meeting and mentioned the planning process for the following 16 months. We knowledgeable SAI that the crew and personnel are being well cared for, while in strict quarantine," Reid stated.

"We mentioned various eventualities and anticipate selections as to when we can re-start complete training. We also agreed to remain as versatile as imaginable with the aim of being able to head once world festival recommences."

National ladies's crew leader trainer Marijne agreed with Reid and stated the meeting was an overly productive one.

"We had a positive discussion about the scenario and we indicated our preferences once the situation improves and once extra is understood about the chances sooner or later.

"We also mentioned about our preference about players staying in national camps during domestic tournaments in order to avoid injuries in the lead up to the Olympics next year," the Spanish trainer stated.

"I particularly liked the pro-activeness of SAI and Hockey India and I am very optimistic about our preparations for the Tokyo Olympics. I think it is good that we are thinking about the positives and way forward."

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