Crowds pour in for India-South Africa 1st ODI despite ministry directive
By: Express News Service | Dharamsala |

Updated: March 12, 2020 2:57:20 pm


India vs South Africa Dharamsala ODI, Dharamsala crowd, coronavirus, health ministry directive coronavirus, IND vs SA 1st ODI, South Africa tour of India Fans entered the Dharamsala stadium despite Health Ministry’s directive (Express picture by Vishal Menon)

Despite the sports activities ministry’s directives to Himachal Pradesh state administrations to keep away from mass gatherings in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, followers continued to pour in for the opening India-South Africa ODI in Dharamsala on Thursday.

On Wednesday evening, speaking to The Indian Express, Sports Secretary Radhey Shyam Julaniya had mentioned he had spoken to the chief secretaries of Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh and requested him to “adhere to the advisory issued by the health ministry in letter and spirit”. The ODI collection between India and South Africa begins in Dharamsala on Thursday, adopted by the second match Lucknow on March 15. “So the sporting event may go on but public gathering has to be avoided,” Julaniya informed The Indian Express.

However, at Dharamsala hours earlier than the sport, supporters carrying masks had been seen getting into the stadium. Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association secretary Sumit Sharma mentioned, “We haven’t got any instruction.” Himachal Pradesh chief secretary Anil Kumar Khachi didn’t reply to cellphone calls or messages, in search of his remark. A ministry official mentioned it was the duty of the state authorities to comply with up on the difficulty.

Spectators obtain masks on Dharamsala entrance (Express picture by Vishal Menon)

Meanwhile, on being requested if he state has obtained any advisory from the Centre relating to not permitting public gathering/followers through the ODI match at Dharamsala, Kangra district collector (DC) Rakesh Prajapati mentioned,” Yes we have now obtained advisories and requested organiser HPCA for the needful. We are helping them with our workforce of medical doctors.”

On Thursday, the Australian media reported {that a} spectator who attended final Sunday’s ladies’s T20 World Cup ultimate on the Melbourne Cricket Ground examined optimistic for coronavirus. ”…an individual who attended the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final on the MCG on Sunday, March eight has now been identified with COVID-19,” the Melbourne Cricket Ground administration mentioned in a press release.

Crowd ready for motion to begin at Dharamsala (Express picture by Vishal Menon)

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Sporting occasions the world over continued to get impacted due to the virus outbreak. In the USA, the National Basketball Association (NBA) suspended its season after a participant examined optimistic. Back residence, the organizers of Road Safety World Series mentioned the remaining matches of the match, being performed at Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium, shall be performed behind closed doorways. The Paralympics Committee of India, too, placed on maintain all nationwide and state-level occasions.

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