Gopichand proposes mini-leagues for resuming sporting contests | Extra sports activities Information

NEW DELHI: Nationwide badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Wednesday mentioned that holding plenty of shorter leagues between gamers in every sport can compensate for the dearth of nationwide or state stage competitions among the many COVID-19 pandemic.
“It might not be attainable to organise large nationwide or state stage tournaments like we used to do in pre-Covid days attributable to social distancing norms,” mentioned Gopichand on a webinar titled ‘Sports activities, Health, Lockdown – What’s the method ahead?’
“However we are able to certainly have a look at plenty of leagues in every sport amongst high gamers, as per their ranges.”
AFI president Adille Sumariwalla backed the proposal, revealing that his federation had been engaged on comparable strains to maintain his athletes in wonderful fettle and high kind with a watch on the Olympics subsequent yr.
“Our elite athletes have been in camps since June and can go into deep coaching from October. We now have simply chalked out our detailed programme calendar and we hope to see severe competitors from January onwards,” Sumariwalla mentioned.
“We’re assured of a significantly better present because of the delay within the begin of the Olympics as our younger athletes might be extra mature and higher ready,” he mentioned.

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