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India’s sports minister Kiren Rijiju has cleared that the final decision of hosting the Indian Premier League (IPL) would be taken by the Government of India and not the BCCI. The fate of the 13th edition of the league, which has been postponed indefinitely, would depend on the situation of the ongoing coronavirus, as per the sports minister.
Further, Rijiju opined that the government could not put the health of the nation at risk to host a sporting event. However, he has promised that the country would surely witness sports this year.
In India, the government has to take a call: Kiren Rijiju
“In India the government has to take a call and it will be depending on the situation of the pandemic, how we progress as a nation,” Rijiju told India Today on hosting IPL 2020 this year.
“We can’t put health of the nation at risk just because we want sporting events to be held. 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.”
Players will have a practice session before tournaments: Kiren Rijiju
As players have been out of action for a long period, Kiren Rijiju confirmed that practice sessions would be arranged before players participate in any tournament.
“We have been working for quite some time now to resume sporting activities but before that we have to think about practice and training. We are not going to have a tournament kind of situation immediately,” Rijiju explained.
As per reports, BCCI has been considering hosting IPL 2020 in Septemeber-October if ICC T20 World Cup gets postponed.
As of now, 132K people have been affected in India while 3,867 people have died. The situation is getting worse as the cases are increasing speedily.