Following the state government’s relaxations to the ongoing Covid safety restrictions, some sports coaching camps have started calling in kids above 13 for low-contact training in the open, while some have decided to allow 18-plus vaccinated students only. However, there are others who are still waiting for further instructions from the government before starting activities.
Last Monday, the state government had allowed games and sports to resume in stadiums and clubs but without spectators, after shutting down sporting activities in the city since April 30 to check the spread of Covid-19.
“We welcome the move and will ask our senior players to come and practise if they have completed their vaccination doses. All our staff have already been vaccinated. However, we will not call our minor trainees at this moment to be on the safer side,” said Rituparna Bose, mentor of Calcutta Cricket Coaching Centre – C4 at the Rabindra Sarobar lake premises.
Bengal Tennis Association spokesperson Ronny Sarkar said one-on-one training for kids above 13 years will start soon. “Tennis is not a close contact sport and social distance can be maintained, so we are starting off with individual and advanced training. We have got 90% of our staff vaccinated and the entire compound has been sanitized. However, we are yet to decide on starting group activities,” Sarkar said.
Badminton sessions are also set to begin at some centres with the West Bengal Badminton Association general secretary and vice-president Badminton Association of India, Sekhar Biswas saying: “This is a huge boost for kids. Players staying near the academies can start training by maintaining Covid protocols,” he added.
Some contact sports like boxing and kabaddi where social distancing cannot be maintained during practice have resumed open air training sessions.
“Since there is a curb on transport, we are using this opportunity to train some of our 13-plus boxers with physical training and cardio activities on the road beside Victoria memorial. But we are avoiding closed door group activities,” said Sanjay Prasad of Balaji Boxing Academy.
Most football and cricket clubs, however, are still waiting for further instructions. “The government has allowed matches to be held in open stadiums but we are yet to get clarification on starting academy coaching. We will look to start from July if the situation remains conducive,” said former Bengal skipper Sambaran Banerjee, who runs a cricket academy in south Kolkata. Nawab Bhattacharya of United Sports said most of their football players hail from districts who cannot attend training due to lack of train services resumes. “If the state allows trains and buses to resume in two weeks, full-fledged training can begin and major football events like Calcutta League and others can start,” he said.
Source: Times of India