No IPL in Delhi, avoid large gatherings: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia

No IPL in Delhi, avoid large gatherings: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has ruled out any IPL 2020 match to be held in the nation's capital in view of the growing coronavirus pandemic in the country. Holding a press conference on Friday, Sisodia told reporters that the preventive measures are being taken not to stop any kind of sporting activity but the aim is to make sure that large gatherings are avoided.

"Avoid large gatherings. A lot of people might be thinking about whether it's right to take such extreme measures. In countries where preventive measures are being taken, only there it (coronavirus outbreak) could be regulated otherwise, it keeps spreading. We have told all DMs and SDMs to strictly follow all the coronavirus cases coming up," Sisodia told reporters.

"We have banned all sports-related gatherings. If BCCI comes up with some new format then it's up to them. But we are banning every such sports activity where there is a possibility of thousands of people gathering. Our intent is to avoid gathering and not stop people from practicing," clarified Sisodia.

The Central government has suspended all visas to India till April 15 as part of measures to contain the spread of the pandemic which has put IPL's scheduling in doubt.

The Sports Ministry has also asked all National Sports Federations (NSFs), including the BCCI to follow the Health Ministry's guidelines.

As per the guidelines issued, it has been asked to avoid large public gatherings.

Due to the visa regulation, sources within the IPL's governing council said that the foreign players would not be available for the tournament.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has ruled out any IPL 2020 match to be held in the nation's capital in view of the growing coronavirus pandemic in the country. Holding a press conference on Friday, Sisodia told reporters that the preventive measures are being taken not to stop any kind of sporting activity but the aim is to make sure that large gatherings are avoided.

"Avoid large gatherings. A lot of people might be thinking about whether it's right to take such extreme measures. In countries where preventive measures are being taken, only there it (coronavirus outbreak) could be regulated otherwise, it keeps spreading. We have told all DMs and SDMs to strictly follow all the coronavirus cases coming up," Sisodia told reporters.

 

"We have banned all sports-related gatherings. If BCCI comes up with some new format then it's up to them. But we are banning every such sports activity where there is a possibility of thousands of people gathering. Our intent is to avoid gathering and not stop people from practicing," clarified Sisodia.

The Central government has suspended all visas to India till April 15 as part of measures to contain the spread of the pandemic which has put IPL's scheduling in doubt.

The Sports Ministry has also asked all National Sports Federations (NSFs), including the BCCI to follow the Health Ministry's guidelines.

As per the guidelines issued, it has been asked to avoid large public gatherings.

Due to the visa regulation, sources within the IPL's governing council said that the foreign players would not be available for the tournament.

"Yes, foreign players will not be available. We will discuss this and other issues at our governing council meeting scheduled for March 14," a source in IPL governing council had told ANI.

The 13th edition of IPL is scheduled to commence from March 29, with Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings meeting at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai for the first match.

On Thursday, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that the IPL should happen behind closed doors or it should be postponed.