PUNE The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has formally permitted sports competitions to be directed external regulation zones from Monday, January 18.
Since October 2020, PMC had permitted just act of indoor and open air sports, with players and associations excitedly holding back to lead competitions.
A request gave under the “Mission Begin Again” dikata by city chief Vikram Kumar under the arrangement of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, states that from Monday, January 18, sports competitions (indoor/open air) can be directed external control zones, observing all standard working techniques (SOPs).
The request additionally expresses that instructing and preparing of state, public and global players is likewise permitted outside control zones.
“It is good news, but the organiser needs to plan the tournament very carefully since players from all places will come to one venue. Currently, all the practices are going on smoothly at all the centres, because all are following the standard operating procedures,” said Nikhil Kanetkar, who runs the Nikhil Kanetkar Badminton Academy (NKBA) at the Shiv Chhatrapati sports complex in Balewadi.
Separate Iyer, secretary of Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA), said “It is a very good decision from the PMC as tournaments were getting conducted in the other states, so it was affecting players mentally. Due to Covid, many players were avoiding travelling, but now with players allowed, playing a tournament at home will boost them mentally.”
MSLTA, which is known to lead numerous competitions at the lesser level across the state, will delivered its yearly competition schedule soon.
“We had kept all thing ready and just awaiting for the order from PMC, Pune being sports capital of the state this order will be highly appreciated by the players and organisers who conduct tournaments,” added Iyer.
Pune District Junior Athletics selection meet
The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation had permitted the Pune District Junior Athletics choice meet at the Santh Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Krida Sankul, Indryaininagar, Bhosari, which closed on Sunday.
The meet was held from January 14-17.
“We had got special no-objection certificates from the district sports officer, Vijay Santan, to conduct this selection meet tournaments as it was important for players. All the standard operating procedures were followed and we did not allow more than 100 athletes on the ground, which includes officals,” said Abhay Chhajed, president, Pune District Amateur Athletic Association.
From January 19, determination preliminaries of Maharashtra state group for the National Junior Federation cup will be led at the Santh Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Krida Sankul, Indryaininagar, Bhosari, which will proceed till January 22.
“We had given permission to conduct trials as Maharashtra government has allowed tournaments at a few places, so there was no problem,” said Shravan Hardikar, PCMC commissioner.
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