Vikas Krishan, Satish Kumar to resume training at national camp in Patiala

The Indian boxers were asked to stay away from training after being found to break quarantine protocols at NIS, Patiala.

By Naveen Peter

Suspended for a few days for violating quarantine rules, Indian boxers Vikas Krishan, Satish Kumar and Neeraj Goyat will be back at the national camp in Patiala.

This is after the Sports Authority of India (SAI) cleared them after an internal enquiry found the breach as “unintentional.”

The SAI has now handed out a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to keep athletes safe during the COVID pandemic..

Training at the National Institute of Sports, Patiala, the Tokyo-bound boxers along with Neeraj Goyat were found mingling with fellow athletes during their isolation period.

The probe committee concluded that the breach was due to “lack of awareness”.

“All elite athletes are national assets and are role models for the nation. Athletes are conscious of the fact that they are setting an example for others.

“However, above being unusual circumstances where all quarantine and SOP rules are new to athletes, it has been decided that they will resume training at the camp,” a statement released by SAI on Friday said.

The national camp for boxing, weightlifting and athletics for the Olympic-bound athletes is underway in NIS Patiala.

It also recommended corrective measures to ensure that guidelines of the SOP are closely followed in the future.

The recommendations include a strict implementation of quarantine norms of the state government, an education programme for athletes and coaches about quarantine norms, regular awareness programmes for all stakeholders and the nomination of a dedicated officer to supervise the camps.

Vikas Krishan focused on his target

Vikas Krishan, who seeks Olympic glory despite having a fledgeling professional career, has been in top shape despite the pandemic disturbing his plans. 

“I was just getting back from professional boxing and wasn’t in good touch with amateur boxing. But now, I have time to plug the gaps,” the Commonwealth Games gold medallist had told the Olympic Channel in a recent interview.

Vikas Krishan, along with eight others, sealed their places at Tokyo 2020 at the Asian Olympic boxing qualifiers early this year.