Govt suspends all ‘close contact’ sports in J&K amid spurt in COVID-19 cases

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir government has temporarily suspended all close contact sports like boxing, wrestling, judo karate, kabaddi, kho-kho, thangata, taekwondo and wushu till further orders amid the rising cases of COVID-19.
On Monday, India reported more than 96,982 cases new COVID-19 cases. “The Department of Disaster Management Relief Rehabilitation and Reconstruction has issued guidelines vide Government Order No.13-JK(DMRRR) of 2021 dated 04.04.2021 regarding temporary closure of all the educational institutions after an overall assessment of COVID spike in Jammu and Kashmir,” an official statement from Jammu and Kashmir government’s Youth Services and Sports Department read.
“The likelihood of young sportspersons getting infected and transmitting infection while playing close contact sports has also increased due to the recent spike in the number of infections,”, an order issued by the Principal Secretary to the Government, Alok Kumar said.
The order added: “Considering the facts, it is ordered that all close contact sports like Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, Karate, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Thang-Ta, Taekwondo, Wushu and any other sports of similar character shall remain temporarily suspended till further orders”.
According to the statement, all other outdoor sports activities shall be conducted after following necessary SOPs as detailed in the circular instructions issued Union Sports Ministry in January.
Meanwhile, the administration staff of the J&K Sports Council (JKSC) was yet to issue necessary instructions in line with the Government order at the training facilities across the UT. However, the order copy of the Government was seen displayed at the notice boards of Indoor Complexes of the MA Stadium, here.
On Monday, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) had postponed all upcoming domestic badminton tournaments in the country amid the surge in COVID-19 cases.