24th May 2020- Today could have been special with the IPL final scheduled but who thought the entire world would be staying home instead amidst the unfortunate Corona Virus crisis which has put the entire world in danger!
While all kinds of events almost everywhere had been on a halt for approximately the last 60 days there seems to be some progress now with the focus also shifting on reviving the economy. They’re also a few reports doing the rounds that the cash-rich league indeed might get under-way around the last week of September until the 1st week of November, especially with the T20 World Cup all set to be postponed.
Kiren Rajju, the Sports Minister of India, in an exclusive interview to CNN this evening opened up on the future of sports in India and stressed on the fact that all sporting bodies would need to get used to the new normal. The Arunachal born lawyer turned politician also stressed on the fact that while an IPL behind closed doors seems like a realistic possibility in a few months, the final green-light will certainly depend on the government’s decision.
In the most likely scenario of live sport behind closed doors, Kiren appealed to all sporting fraternities to start brain-storming innovative ways to keep the audience entertained as it could be a challenge to maintain the same level of interest and quality without any spectators. He further added that life would have to move on and he would be more than happy for live sport to go ahead provided adequate measures are taken by the organizers and the athletes involved. ( Provided the COVID situation doesn’t worsen)
In some good news coming in for all those Indian athletes who dreamt of being a part of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, the Sports Minister made it clear that all those who qualified for the Olympics in 2020 shall be granted automatic qualification for next year and wanted all the athletes to use the extra time to their advantage in order to prepare even better. Meanwhile, Cric Crak hopes and prays that the world is normal again soon.