“During a BFI executive board online meeting last Friday, the expert from Sweden had proposed to hold a camp in Italy. But it wasn’t approved as we think it is better to stay in India and train,” the BFI official, who was present in the meeting, told IANS.
The Asian Boxing Championships begin on May 21 in Dubai. Nieva didn’t respond to text messages and phone calls while chief national coach CA Kuttappa couldn’t be reached.
The men’s camp is in progress at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala. But the Sports Authority of India (SAI) closed the women’s camp at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Sports Complex here last week after several boxers tested positive for Covid-19.
Due to lockdown in New Delhi, the BFI executive board has also proposed to shift the women’s camp to the NIS.
“SAI campus in Patiala is better than New Delhi,” said a BFI official.
To monitor the health of the Olympic-bound athletes, SAI has started weekly Covid-19 RT-PCR tests to avoid the spread of the virus.
Delhi is one of the worst affected cities in India, with the tally of Covid-related cases increasing daily. The city is currently in a lockdown.