Our Sports Reporter
GUWAHATI: Assam Amateur Boxing Association (AABA) has welcomed the Boxing Federation of India's (BFI) decision to introduce a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and Guidelines for national coaching camps which included a 'special COVID-19 insurance cover' for all campers.
The secretary of the Assam Amateur Boxing Association Hemanta Kalita talking to The Sentinel said: "It's a good step and would help the boxers to attend the camp without any anxiety."
According to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and Guidelines of BFI all the boxers, coaches and support staffs should be insured as per camp norms for medical emergencies and accidents. On the other hand
all the boxers returning to national coaching camps will also be tested at the entrance for corona virus and will stay in self-quarantine for five-day (green and orange zone boxers) and 14-day (for red zone) prior to the start of training. However the date of the training is yet to be announced.
Meanwhile Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in its new guidelines allowed sports stadiums and complexes to open without spectators. Expressing elation over the development Kalita said: "It is very good news for us that the sports complexes and stadiums have been allowed to reopen. Athletes will get the chance to start their training once again. However we will wait a little to get necessary guidelines and permission from the BFI before we allow the boxers to start their practice."