University sports are gradually getting back on track
Nagpur, October 14
After a year and a half of gap due to the Covid-19 pandemic, university sport is gradually back on track. RTM Nagpur University sent the proposal for inter-university badminton and table tennis tournaments all over India.
Confirming the Director of Development of Sports and Physical Education Department at RTM Nagpur University, Dr Sharad Suryavanshi said: “It is a good sign that college sports are getting back on track after one year and half. We only sent the proposal for the All-India Interuniversity Badminton Tournament as well as the Table Tennis Tournament yesterday and I hope our proposal will be approved.
Dr Syaraanshi said the university had already hosted the All India Women’s Badminton Championship on 2/19/2020. Therefore, we have a good experience. We have four huva courts with lighting for badminton and for table tennis, we can accommodate eight tables in the TT room.
Asked if a full fair practice championship will be held. Dr Suryavanshi said: “The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) has requested the championship proposal, but I think given the current situation, the trials can be arranged. Everything will be settled once the proposal is accepted ”.
However, although colleges reopen as of October 20, there is no possibility of local inter-college events this year as well. To this, Dr Suryavanshi said: “There will be no core events like an inter-college tournament, but to my knowledge Khelo India University, Youth Games and University World Championship will be organized probably in February. “Asked how the players will be selected for the two events, Dr Suryavanshi informed that based on the performance of the players in 2019-2020 in Khelo, India, they would be considered for selection. The university will decide on the selection trials, ”he said.
No interschool event this year too
There is the possibility of some university events, but inter-school, state and national sporting events are still uncertain. Although schools are open in the state, nothing has been decided regarding athletic activity. Speaking to Lokmat Times, DSO Avinash Pund said: “We have so far not received any directives from the Sports and Youth Welfare Directorate regarding the resumption of interschool sporting events.” When pointing out that an SGFI faction has already declared its timeline for Nationals, Pund expressed ignorance. “There is a lot of confusion because there are two SGFI bodies at the national level. We will not follow their timetable until we receive the directives from the government, ”he said.
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