Globally, these are ‘testing’ times for humanity. The challenges posed by Covid-19 have influenced the very inherent nature of trusting a fellow human. As things stand, unless one is medically certified as negative following a Covid test, he or she does not qualify to enter certain states. Indeed, it is better to be safe than sorry, but a certain percentage of our population continues to defy safety protocols aimed at preventing the spread of the pandemic.
In such a background, holding any national-level sporting event is a huge challenge. Though the on-field action has resumed in several sports, not all organisers have maintained strict safety measures.
After the disastrous conduct of the recent national wrestling championship in Noida and Agra, both in Uttar Pradesh, the national table tennis championship in Panchkula (Chandigarh) was bound to come under scrutiny.
It must be said…