PANAJI: A total of 65 campers including 13 female and 14 male athletes from 15 states, attended a ‘floorball’ National Coaching Camp to hone their skills in preparation of the upcoming Special Olympics World Winter Games 2022 to be held in Kazan, Russia. The Camp was executed at the YMCA, New Delhi, informs a press release.
The camp was conducted in compliance with the COVID-19 protocols advised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. The daily schedule of the camp covered warm-ups, skill-based practices covering dribbling, passing, receiving, flip and shoot; competition tactics and practice.
Additionally, the athletes and coaches attended sessions that address physical & mental fitness through yoga, meditation and the different exercise-based activities, guided by experts in the respective fields.
The camp simultaneously held medical screenings across eye care (called Opening Eyes) and the Dental condition (Special Smiles) of the participating athletes. Adapting to the new normal, the dental screenings were held in a hybrid model, a first of its kind, that included a virtual as well as in-person examination, reducing the number of persons physically present.
Harpreet Singh, Director Sports, SO Bharat, said: “This camp is extraordinary in the sense that in addition to the heat, the athletes have to be mindful of the strict COVID-19 protocols constantly. Here too, they have shown that they can adapt to any changing circumstances. As the camp concludes and they prepare to return to their respective home-towns, they have been advised to maintain the physical fitness regime and even gradually enhance it to be ready to participate in yet another Floorball Camp that is likely to be confirmed in due course.”