Abhinav Bindra advocates flexibility in training programme | More sports News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Olympian Abhinav Bindra welcomed the government’s effort to start training in certain sporting disciplines, but advocated flexibility in the programme.
“The Covid situation is highly volatile and we are seeing cases going up in some place and down in some other. So I don’t think a single training rule can apply for the whole country,” he stated during a webinar.
“I must thank SAI for taking the lead in categorising disciplines on the basis of how safe they are to begin with and also preparing a Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) for them. But I feel we need to have some flexibility in adopting those rules depending on the situations in a particular state or region where a camp is organised,” he opined.
“States might have to come up with their own regulations taking into account the prevailing situations there,” he added.
“Let’s take baby steps in opening up training. Certain Olympic training camps have resumed or are in the process of resumption. It’s the right step to start with elite athletes, mainly those who are Tokyo bound. I don’t think we will have more than 100-odd such athletes and I feel a safe training arrangement can be made for such a select group,” India’s only individual Olympic gold medal winner felt.
The Khel Ratna award winner is optimistic that athletes can get back to their best in spite of missing action for so long.
“An athletes’ life depends on adapting to situations as their performances cannot be scripted. It’s always overcoming challenges for them and Covid-19 is another challenge. I feel athletes are the most resilient tribe and they have all the qualities to handle this unusual situation,” he stated.

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