While the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the Sports Ministry has said athletes can resume training adhering to safety guidelines, IOA General Secretary Rajeev Mehta said rushing back to training might not be a good idea and his sentiments have now been echoed by some athletes who aren't too keen to start as yet. Speaking to IANS, 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning shooter Manu Bhaker said that she wouldn't be going for any camp unless she is convinced that it is truly safe with the coronavirus pandemic still causing havoc. "Unless and until they make it extremely compulsory or convince us that it is truly safe, I won't go for any camp. We have been provided with electronic targets and facilities by SAI so I have been working on that at home. So unless and until there is some big tournament coming up or if the risk of the virus is truly off, I don't see any reason to go back to training," said the eight-time World Cup gold medallist. The SAI SOP made it clear that contact sports like wrestling and boxing will only have individual training at camps in the initial stages. "Wrestling is a sport where you need a partner to train and its constant contact and that is not allowed in the initial stages. Individual training is exactly what we are doing at home anyhow so I don't see any reason to take the risk of going outside all the way to the place where a camp may be held." While President Narinder Batra has been pushing the Sports Ministry to allow for the resumption of training, the association's Secretary General believes that training shouldn't start as of now as the COVID-19 cases are increasing at a rapid rate with each passing day in the country. Some of the athletes have even qualified for the Olympics and they will be participating in the Tokyo Games without a doubt," he added.
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