BCCI says fans’ safety priority, ready for ‘closed door games’newstolive - May 23, 2020 75 0 COMMENTS
New Delhi: Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has made it clear that below current circumstances the nation must be ready for sporting occasions to be held behind closed doorways.
The very first thing that involves thoughts is the 13th version of the Indian Premier League because the BCCI is taking a look at a September 25 to November 1 window for the identical. And the board is obvious that fan safety is the precedence as rightly identified by the sports activities minister.
A BCCI official stated that it was apparent that the safety of the followers could be a precedence each time dwell sporting motion returns within the nation and cricket will likely be no totally different.
He went on so as to add that gate cash wouldn’t be the first focus at this cut-off date and income generated from broadcasting the video games ought to work high quality.
“In these extraordinary times gate money is the least of anyone’s concerns. Fan safety obviously takes priority.
When cricket happens, the broadcast revenue is the first chunk of revenue necessary for the BCCI and the state associations’ subsistence. Same is the case for the IPL.
“Nobody is going to say no to gate revenue, but no one in their right minds is going to give gate money preference over fan safety. Those who have organised matches, understand this basic tenet.
Moreover, the Sports Minister has given a statement and he represents the government with regard to the sporting ecosystem in the country and one must take note of the same and understand the gravity of the situation,” the official stated.
Rijiju on his half has made it clear that whereas sporting occasions will resume slowly as athletes have already been given the permission to begin particular person coaching, a name on the IPL could be taken by the federal government with an eye fixed on the coronavirus pandemic. He additionally made it clear that sportspersons must be ready to play behind closed doorways.
“In India, the government has to take a call and it will take a call depending on the situation. We cannot put health at risk just because we want to have a sporting event. Our focus is fighting COVID-19 and at the same time we will have to work a mechanism to get back to normalcy.
It is difficult to confirm dates but I am sure we will have some kind of sporting events this year,” he instructed India Today.
“We have been advising that health and safety are top priorities and besides that we have to keep in mind guidelines issued by the home ministry and the guidelines issued by the local authorities.
We have been planning to resume the events but before that we need to resume the practice and training. We cannot resume tournaments immediately.”