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Rajeev Mehta’s warning

IOA secretary opposes the resumption of training amid Covid-19 crisis

By PTI in New Delhi
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Indian Olympic Association secretary general, Rajeev Mehta (Twitter/@rajeevmehtaioa)

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary general Rajeev Mehta on Friday warned against rushing athletes into training amid the rising COVID-19 cases, saying a wrong move at this point can have a bearing on their Olympics preparation.

“God forbid by any chance if an athlete tests positive who will be responsible for that? The unfortunate athlete will suffer and it may affect his or her Olympic preparation,” Mehta said.

The issue of resumption has again brought to the fore the growing fissure within the country’s top sports body, with IOA president Narinder Batra deciding to take over much of the secretary general’s responsibilities.