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Fans safety priority, ready to play in empty stadiums: BCCI

Union Sports Minister Kiran Rijiju has made it clear that in the current situation, the country should be prepared for sports activities with no spectators in empty stadiums. Hearing this, the first thing comes to IPL. The BCCI is considering holding the 13th season of the IPL between September 25 and November 1. The Board has said that as the Sports Minister has said that the safety of the fans is first of all, the Board considers the same thing.

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‘Get money will not be the first priority’
A BCCI official told IANS that when live sports return, it is obvious that the safety of fans will be a priority and cricket is no different. He said that gate money would not be a priority and revenue from broadcasting would be substantial. He said that in such a difficult time no one is worried about the gate money (entry fee). Safety of fans is definitely a priority. When cricket takes place, broadcast revenue will be first revenue for BCCI and then state government money. It is the same in IPL. He said that no one would say yes to Get Money. No one would advocate giving priority to Gate Money by keeping the safety of fans at bay. People who organize matches understand the basic principle. At the same time, the Sports Minister has given a statement and he represents the government, so everyone should keep this in mind and understand the seriousness of the situation.

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‘We will take a decision on this only after the decision of the government’
Kiran Rijiju had made it clear that sports activities will start slowly, only players have been allowed to train. He had said that the decision on IPL will be taken by the government after examining the condition of corona virus. He had made it clear that players should be prepared to play without spectators. Rijiju told Idea Today that the government in India has to take a decision and the government will take a decision based on the situation. We cannot put health at risk just because we have to hold tournaments. Our focus at this time is to fight Kovid-19 and at the same time we have to reach normalcy. It is not possible to confirm the date yet but I am confident that we will be able to have the tournament this year. He said that we have been advised that health and safety are our priorities and apart from this we have to follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs and also of the local authorities. We want to start the tournament but before that we have to start training the players. We cannot start the tournament immediately.

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