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IOA seeks feedback from athletes, coaches

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, May 5: Conceding that the risk of athletes losing motivation in the ongoing lockdown is real, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Tuesday sought the views of athletes, coaches and other stakeholders on how to restart the national camps.

National Sports Federations and State Olympic Associations have been asked to collect feedback from the stakeholders such as athletes, coaches, support staff, central and state government ministries, match officials and sports administrators on how and when training should resume. The lockdown has been extended till May 17.

The stakeholders are being asked to respond to a questionnaire and the feedback will be collated and compiled to form a White Paper under IOA President Narinder Batra.

�Training of the athletes was at the peak when the lockdown was enforced and the athletes had to stop their training at once, although it differs from sport to sport. The risk of athletes and coaches losing motivation is real,� the document released on Tuesday read.

�In the present scenario, we will have to find out what is the way forward and how athletes can resume sports activities, training and eventually competitions,� it added.

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has also spoken about a phased reopening of national camps by the end of this month. � PTI

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