There is no denying the fact that COVID-19 has halted sporting events. But, Silchar District Sports Association (DSA) is keen to resume at least its practice and training sessions, albeit in a controlled environment. In this regard, a number of meetings have been conducted by the Association. In one such meeting (held on Sunday) the Association decided to open its Badminton and Table Tennis academies from June 7 (next Sunday). This was stated at a press-briefing issued by Silchar DSA. The Association decided it following detailed meetings with the guardians of the trainees. All training and practice sessions will be conducted as per government’s coronavirus guidelines. Bijendra Prasad Singh, secretary, Silchar DSA, said, “Two separate meetings were held at the conference hall of Silchar DSA on Sunday. Guardians of Cricket, Badminton and Table Tennis trainees attended one of these meetings. Guardians of Badminton and Table Tennis trainees have agreed to send their wards. However, guardians of Cricket trainees want some more time for resumption of training and practice sessions. Cricket practice and training sessions will begin after June 15. We have taken up these activities only after receiving government’s coronavirus guidelines. Guidelines will be followed in rebooting these training and practice sessions. Silchar DSA will not risk anyone’s life. Mridul Majumdar, Ajay Chakraborty, Arijit Gupta, Sanju Roy (Indoor branch secretary) among others were present. Each guardian interested to send their ward(s) (trainees of Badminton and Table Tennis) will have to submit a declaration form (to be issued by Silchar DSA) and take note of the guidelines and instructions by Wednesday (June 3).
“Entries after Wednesday will not be entertained. Practice and training sessions schedules will only be made after getting the exact number of total trainees. Schedule for Table Tennis will be prepared by Partho Dev (senior) and schedule for Badminton by Sudipto Sinha. Interested guardians may contact Partho and Sudipto,” said Bijendra Prasad Singh. He further said Silchar DSA recently sanitised the indoor stadium. He also assured that the guidelines would be religiously followed, and stress would be laid on cleanliness. “But, as of now, Silchar DSA will not be able to go for medical tests and examinations. We have no such facilities,” he added. Some of the guidelines include: children below 10 years not to be entertained, usage of hand sanitisers and facial masks for all (players, mentors, trainees, coaches, guardians), wearing shoes provided inside indoor stadium (shoes brought from outside will have to be kept outside), maintaining physical distance of 1 to 2 metres, more than 6 trainees will not be allowed, discussions and gossips in groups will not at all be allowed, guardians or spectators will be debarred from entering indoor stadium, none will be allowed to use one’s things in exchange, and spitting will be prohibited.
(This article has been written by our guest contributor Mr. Shanku Sharma)