2020 National Championships: The latest sporting event to be the victim of Coronavirus

2020 National Championships cancelled
In the wake of the global crisis caused due to the spread of Coronavirus and ever-increasing number of cases in the country, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has cancelled the 2020 National Championships. This decision means that the current season is virtually over without any major competition whatsoever. The AFI had a meeting on […]

In the wake of the global crisis caused due to the spread of Coronavirus and ever-increasing number of cases in the country, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has cancelled the 2020 National Championships. This decision means that the current season is virtually over without any major competition whatsoever.

The AFI had a meeting on August 28, 2020 to decide whether to go ahead with the event that was slated for September 12, 2020. The officials had decided to postpone the competition until further notice, and now have decided to cancel the event after yesterday’s meeting.

“The competition calendar was re-drawn keeping in mind the rise in the COVID-19 cases across the country….AFI is duty bound to provide competitions to our athletes but due to the prevailing circumstances we have to take care of the safety of our athletes.” These are some of the excerpts from what the AFI President, Adille Sumariwalla, said during yesterday’s press release.

With the 2020 National Championships cancelled, the only notable senior event that is scheduled to take place, as of now, is the National Throws Open Championships. The city of Patiala will be hosting the tournament on October 26 and 27. Apart from this, there will be a few zonal events in the month of November but that too in select states. Furthermore, Vijayawada will be hosting the National Youth Championships in the month of December.

Why is the decision to cancel the 2020 National Championships a major blow for athletes?

With the Olympics lined up for next year, there were only two seasons left for the athletes to perform at the national level to not only qualify for the global event but also to get some much-needed practice. No matter how much you train at your home or national camps, true performance can only be judged when there’s a competitive edge to it. As a result, all the players may lose out on gaining an accurate snapshot of their performance and skills. We bet everyone is hoping for this pandemic to get over as soon as possible so that normal services are resumed.

How is the next season lined up?

2020 National Championships

Both AFI and the athletes will be hoping for things to resume at least from the next season. The season should start as per plans, with the first Indian Grand Prix slated to start on February 12, 2021 in Thiruvananthapuram. In a week’s time, the second grand prix will commence at the same venue on February 19, 2021.

Subsequently, Patiala will be home to the athletes in the coming week, when it will host the third grand prix on February 27, 2021. The city will also host the 2021 Federation Cup Senior National Championships from March 10-14, 2021, as per AFI’s issued calendar.

From June 25 to June 29, Bengaluru will host the National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships and the capital city of Delhi will host the National U-23 Championships from August 24-26.

Note tha  all the dates of the next season listed here are according to the existing calendar made by AFI. Only time will tell if any of these dates will change furthermore due to the pandemic.

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