Paddlers training camp uncertain due to swine flu

New Delhi: With the death toll due to swine flu mounting in Pune, the Table Tennis Federation of India has sought the Sports Authority of India`s advise on whether to hold a Commonwealth Games training camp in the Maharashtra city next month.

Sources said the SAI will take a final call early next week on whether the camp, to be attended by the country`s top paddlers, would be held in Pune, which has become the epicentre of H1N1 pandemic.

The tentative start of camp is scheduled for September 2.

"The federation has written a letter to the SAI seeking its advice on the matter. We expect a decision soon and will follow the same," the source told reporters.

The decision to hold the near-a-month-long camp was taken recently after the rescheduling of a 22-day special coaching programme in North Korea.

Swine flu had earlier forced the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) to call off their camp at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex at Balewadi in the outskirts of Pune. It was followed by the postponement of the hockey nationals in the city also scheduled for next month.

Pune has been hit hard by the pandemic with 20 persons so far falling prey to the deadly H1N1 virus. Over all, the disease has claimed 53 lives in India till date.

Bureau Report