Life is important, training can take a back seat: Kom

Life is important, training can take a back seat: Kom
Mary Kom
New Delhi, May 23 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 5/23/2020 9:15:42 AM IST

 It’s a difficult time for athletes across disciplines in India as they struggle to resume training amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. India’s Olympic medal-winning boxer, Mary Kom said training can resume only with advance precautions but there is no rush. 

“Difficult to resume training for everyone right now in my opinion, difficult to take that step in this situation. BFI needs to take advance precautions and I’m sure they will do everything to ensure safety measures are in place.”
BFI has also asked all athletes to give a written undertaking that they will be in full compliance with rules and protocols put in place by the government of India. 
“Difficult to comment on this, but no one will be willing to take the risk, life is more important than training at the moment. It’s a good idea, good intention, to come back after a long period and resume training as making a come back after 1-2 months will be very tough. Maybe the worry is whether we will perform in future or not, but more clarity on the Standard operations procedures (SOP) is needed,” adds Mary Kom.
Sports Authority of India has still not been able to offer any clarity in terms of specific dates, as to when training will resume in SAI centres and how will it ensure implementation of SOPs with strict adherence.
“Training can resume only with advance precautions, regular testing should be done for athletes, I’m sure no one wants to risk their lives to play sport at this time,” said India’s most decorated boxer.
Mary Kom also spoke on the rising number of cases of Covid-19 in India and specifically in Delhi.
“Cases are increasing because there is no lockdown, we have to be very careful to use sanitisers, wear masks and gloves. I’m a mother and I have kids, I worry the most about them, we have to fight this situation. A solution is not there, vaccine is not available, so training should resume only when there are advance precautions being taken. Everyone should be safe, whether at home or in camps.”


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