The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has temporarily suspended hockey activities for a week at the National Stadium here since Thursday due to an increase in new cases of coronavirus in the capital, the SAI coach confirmed.
There are 30-35 hockey players enrolled in the SAI’s entry and play scheme, a SAI official said.
“Activities have been suspended for a week, but if Covid-19 cases continue to develop, the practice could be suspended for another week,” a SAI official told IANS.
Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium is also home to the National Center of Excellence (NCOE) in hockey for both men and women.
“There are 40 players, including 20 in the women’s category. But last week seven NCOE players tested positive for Covid-19 and NCOE was suspended,” the SAI official added.
The SAI has also stopped training at Bhopal’s NCOE, as more than 30 athletes and staff have tested positive for Covid-19.
“The SAI is working to limit the spread of the virus. Therefore, athletes who have been tested at Bhopal have been transferred to hospital as a precaution. None of the athletes are critical. In view of the growing cases of Covid-19, the SAI has also issued a circular to all NCOEs to more strictly follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), “a SAI statement said.