While the Tamil Nadu government has relaxed lockdown rules allowing spectatorless sports training in Chennai, Chengalpet, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts, competitive sports activities could take a month to start in Chennai and neighboring districts.
The Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA) runs tournaments in different age groups as well as the Interstate League, but the competitive sport will take time, organizers say.
A senior TNTA office official, speaking to IANS, said: âThe government has allowed the spectatorless practice while maintaining the Covid protocol, but the players are spread across the state. It will take time for them to return to Chennai to participate in training and increase their fitness level to start playing. There are several local and interstate tournaments pending and we expect competitive sports to start soon and we are at home even with no spectators. “
The Chennai Hockey Association also wants to start a training program, but only after a detailed meeting with officials, referees, players and club officials.
Viswanathan, a former Kerala state hockey player and currently a member of the Chennai Hockey Club board, told IANS: âWe are happy that training is starting soon, but for the game to survive, the competition is essential and players must go through the rigors of sport to be mentally equipped. Our players are also scattered across different parts of the state and it will take a few weeks for them to be back in action in the city. “
Likewise, volleyball, basketball and table tennis clubs and administrative officials are optimistic about the government’s decision to start sports training in Chennai and neighboring districts.
Muthuvel R., a volleyball player with a club in Chengalpetu and expecting to don the colors of Tamil Nadu one day, told IANS: âI am really happy that the government has allowed sports training. . I will now have to increase my fitness level and start playing in the club. Our club has all the facilities and my goal is to break into the Tamil Nadu junior team and later play for the country. I don’t know if that’s a big wish, but I’m convinced that someday I will. “