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NEW DELHI: The government on Thursday indicated that it’s ready to “relax” quarantine rules for international athletes to resume sports competitions in India amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Sports minister Kiren Rijiju informed that the government would do all for the comfort of athletes arriving in the country for international meets so that they don’t have to spend long periods in quarantine.
“We will relax them (quarantine rules) for players. We will provide them all kinds of facilities so that the players don’t suffer or have to face long quarantine time,” Rijiju told a select group of media on the sidelines of the inauguration of a residential hostel in the premises of the Dr. Karni Singh shooting range on Thursday. The facility, with the 162-bed hostel, has an air conditioned dining area. A total of Rs 12.26 crore was spent to build the hostel, stated a press release from the Sports Authority of India (SAI).

As per the quarantine rules, the arriving contingent needs to undergo a Covid-19 test 72/96 hours prior to their arrival in New Delhi. The athletes will then have to mandatorily undergo a seven-day quarantine period in self-isolation, with a RT-PCR test on the 6th day. Only upon testing negative, the athletes will be allowed to participate in the event.
A majority of the national sports federations (NSFs) wanted a relaxation in this rule. According to them, the players and staff shouldn’t be asked to go into quarantine upon arrival. If the athletes report negative in SAI’s RT-PCR test upon arrival, then he/she should be allowed to start training. Moreover, if they are carrying a Covid-19 negative test report 72 hours prior to their arrival, that should suffice the organisers. They should operate within the bio-secure bubble created by the organisers for the event and follow the health and safety rules set out by the Indian government.
“We are ready to host the competitions. But the pandemic thing has to be understood from the point of its own threat. At this moment, we will support the sporting events but we also need to take clearances from the health ministry and respective state governments where the events are going to be held. India is a large country and each city has its own issues,” the minister stated.

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