Bhubaneswar: In the wake of rising Covid-19 cases across Odisha, Sports and Youth Services Department will close its Sports Hostels in the state from April 19 till improvement in the situation.
Sports Hostels in-charges have been entrusted to intimate parents, especially of lower-age boarders, to take their wards from the hostels. In case of any difficulty in the travel of the boarders, they will also facilitate their safe return.
During the period of closure, Sports Hostels in-charges will be present at
their respective hostels and utilise this period to curate and conduct sports specific workshops and coach development programmes.
“Sports hostels in-charges will be in constant touch with their respective boarders and assist in their development through virtual modules and also keep enforcing the need for adherence to Covid 19 guidelines, even when they are away from the hostels. Once the situation eases, they will be intimated much in advance and we will facilitate their return to the sports hostels,” said Tusharkanti Behera, Minister for Sports & Youth Services, Odisha.