New Delhi: In light of the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and an increasing number of cases of infections around the country, a meeting of the top officials from Athletics Federation India under the chairmanship of President Adille J Sumariwalla was held at AFI Office today. The meeting was attended by Dr. Lalit K Bhanot, Chairman AFI Planning Committee, AFI treasurer Pradeep K Srivastava and Sandeep Mehta, Secretary Delhi Athletics Association.
The committee issued the following advisory for the Chief Coach, Deputy Chief Coach, National Campers, Coaches and Support Staff deputed at various camps in India-
1- Athletes are NOT allowed to go out of the camps
2- Athletes are NOT allowed to attend any private or public functions
3- Athletes are NOT allowed to train with anyone from outside the camps
4- Ensure Non-campers are not training with the Campers and separate time slot be allotted to them
5- Report to medical centres immediately if symptoms of flu or other sickness are noticed
6- Strictly follow WHO Health Advisory as follows-
- Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections;
- Wash your hands frequently, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment;
- Avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals;
- People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practise cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash their hands).
The committee also decided that if any athlete, coach or supporting staff is joining the camp after leaving, a mandatory a medical check-up is carried out by medical team present at the camp before he/she is allowed to join the camp.
(Adille J Sumariwalla)