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As COVID Cases Resurge, JK Govt Orders Temporary Suspension Of ‘Close Contact Sports’

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday ordered the temporary suspension of ‘close contact sports like Boxing, Judo Karate, Kabbadi and others in the Union Territory.

The decision as per an order under number 32-JK(YSS) of 2021, dated 06-04-2021 was taken in wake of the surge in COVID-19 cases again in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The Department of Disaster Management Relief Rehabilitation & Reconstruction has issued guidelines vide Govt. Order No.13-JK(DMRRR) of 2021 dated 04.04.2021 regarding temporary closure of all the educational institutions after an overall assessment of COVID spike in Jammu and Kashmir. Similarly, the likelihood of young sportspersons getting infected and transmitting infection while playing close contact sports has also increased due to the recent spike in the number of infections,” the order issued by Principal Secretary to the government said.

“Now, therefore, in light of the above, it is hereby ordered that all close contact sports like Boxing, Wrestling, Judo Karate, Kabbadi, Kho-Kho, Thanga-ta, Taekwondo, Wushu and any other sports of a similar character shall remain temporarily suspended till further orders,” the order, a copy of which lies with the news agency KNO said.

Moreover, the order said that all other outdoor sports activities shall be conducted after following necessary SOPs as detailed in the Circular instructions issued by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India on January 29, 2021.

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