Sports activities resume in Jamshedpur after deadly Covid-19 pandemic

Some big events already organized, organizers and athletes breathe a sigh of relief

Mail news service

Jamshedpur, June 18: Sports activities have made a comeback in the city of steel after the Covid-19 pandemic. Others will follow in due course.

With the pandemic keeping sporting events and training camps in a shell for two years, its resumption has caused organizers and sportspeople to breathe a sigh of relief and pray that the third wave of Covid will not return.

The famous JRD Tata sports complex is full of activities. The same goes for other sports venues in the city.

A plethora of events have already been held in Jamshedpur since things slowly and steadily started opening up in early February.

National Level Javelin Throwing Competition, All India Sport Climbing Championship, First All Women National Ranking Archery Tournament,

The Hockey India Junior Men’s Academy National Championship, SAFF Women’s Championship, East Zone Veterans Cricket Tournament, Inter-District Cricket Matches, Local Cricket League and District Chess Meet have already been organized hassle-free in the city of steel, also called sports city.

The sports summer camp was also one of the major programs that had schoolchildren and their parents jumping for joy. .Special Olympics Jharkhand has also resumed its activities for the mentally handicapped.

The unfolding of events will continue with the Jamshedpur Sporting Association (JSA) football league inaugurated on Friday at Gopal Maidan. The more than seven-decade-old league is a highly sought-after event for footballers from the city and its surrounding pockets who are eager to make their mark and secure entry into state teams for national competitions. . This league will continue for over a month.

Badminton activities will also continue at Mohan Ahuja Stadium once its renovation is complete. Tata Steel is renovating the iconic venue after signing a memorandum of understanding with the Jharkhand Badminton Association earlier this year.

The athletes expressed their happiness with the return of the events. “Staying inside was very boring. The training session was badly missed and my physical condition was affected. Now I train regularly and feel very fit,” said Sanatan Majhi, a promising middle-distance athlete.

JSA secretary and former Bihar Ranji Trophy skipper Avinash Kumar said he was happy with the resumption of the football league. “Covid, in a way, was a punishment for all of us. The league could not stand for two seasons. The JSA’s Platinum Jubilee last year was also not celebrated,” added Kumar, Senior Director of the Sports Wing of Tata Steel.

Jharkhand Badminton Association Secretary K. Prabhakar Rao said shuttle operations will resume at Mohan Ahuja Stadium once the renovation is complete. “We are going to prepare a list of tournaments to be held at the stadium,” he added.

Two big budget events including the National Open Athletics Championship are set to take place in Jamshedpur. The Tata Steel Golf Championship is also one of the matches scheduled for the city later this year. To top it off, the cash-rich Indian Super League will also return to the lush greens of the JRD Tata Sports Complex.

Sally J. Minick