The remote awards: National sports awardees to attend function from various SAI centres

The remote awards: National sports awardees to attend function from various SAI centres

Written by Mihir Vasavda
| New Delhi |

Up to date: August 21, 2020 12:35:25 am

AwardsAwardees throughout the 2016 Nationwide Sports activities Award perform at Rashtrapati Bhavan (File Picture/REDHEART)

Social distancing will go the additional mile at this yr’s National Sports Awards ceremony.

When their names shall be introduced throughout the perform on August 29, the awardees is not going to be making the customary stroll on the pink carpet inside Rashtrapati Bhawan’s Durbar Corridor. As a substitute, the chosen 76 shall be at a Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) centre closest to them from the place they are going to be linked to President Ramnath Kovind at his residence, by means of Doordarshan’s digicam crews.

The pomp and panache of the awards perform, which is likely one of the highlights of India’s annual sporting calendar, shall be changed by makeshift preparations on the coaching centres, the place the winners will assemble for a digital ceremony.


Owing to the pandemic and the ensuing restrictions on public gatherings in addition to social-distancing pointers, the sports activities ministry has determined to carry the perform remotely. “Often, there are round 400 to 500 individuals attending the ceremony, which is held on the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Since that won’t be secure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been determined that the perform shall be held remotely,” a ministry official mentioned.

So, relatively than being put up at an opulent Central Delhi lodge and being a part of a grand ceremony on the president’s home, the athletes shall be requested to report on the nearest SAI Centre. A complete of 16 services have been recognized the place the 76 awardees will assemble relying on their area.

The athletes have been requested to ship their measurements for the ceremonial blazer, which shall be couriered to them together with the trophy. “I’m finishing my police coaching in Nasik. So I visited the tailor on the academy right here and received my measurements finished,” says wrestler Rahul Conscious, who has been really helpful for the Arjuna Award. “The ceremony I’ve heard shall be online, however there isn’t any official intimation but.”

Journey preparations and different logistics are nonetheless being labored out. However on the day of the ceremony, the winners are anticipated to be current on the designated SAI Centres, dressed of their blazers. They are going to be linked to the Rashtrapati Bhawan through a safe web connection. Sports activities ministry officers are more likely to be part of the occasion from a conference corridor in New Delhi, the place they’re more likely to assemble.

A pre-recorded quotation shall be learn out at first of the ceremony. Then, the president will present the scroll of honour on the display screen and parallelly, the named athlete will arise on the SAI Centre, take a bow and maintain the trophy aloft. “All athletes have been contacted and their places taken down. Their journey is being organised and the ceremonial gown shall be couriered in time for the ceremony,” the official mentioned.

This yr, an unprecedented 76 athletes and organisations have been really helpful for the awards, together with 5 Khel Ratnas and 29 Arjuna Awardees. Sports activities minister Kiren Rijiju is more likely to approve the names and make them official in a day or two.

The ministry expects a lot of the athletes to be current for the ceremony however there are doubts whether or not two cricketers – Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma – will have the ability to attend. Rohit has been really helpful for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting honour, whereas Ishant’s identify has been proposed for the Arjuna Award.

Each are more likely to be within the United Arab Emirates, getting ready for the Indian Premier League, when the ceremony takes place. Requested if they will be part of the digital ceremony from their lodge rooms within the UAE, the official mentioned it was unlikely. “Since it is a presidential occasion, sure decorum should be maintained. It’s not but clear how the cricketers will have the ability to take part. That shall be discovered within the days to come back,” the official mentioned.

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