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IPL team in very good shape says Chennai Super Kings CEO

Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) CEO KS Viswanathan has said that the team is in very good shape and will perform well in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
|| Manikya Dheeren

“To all the Chennai Super Kings’ super fans, this is to confirm that the team is in very good shape, you need not worry. We have a skipper who has navigated us through very tough times. Thalaivan will definitely take care of the team and we are very confident,”

Viswanathan said in a video posted to the franchise’s Twitter account. , “The players are in good spirits. We have had regular Zoom meetings in which the coaches and the captain have addressed the players and all of them are in a good frame of mind. I am happy to report that the team is in very good shape to take care of the matches that are coming up in the IPL,” he added.

In view of this pandemic, Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) players’ support staff have tested negative for COVID-19 in the test carried out on Monday, August 31. With the Indian Premier League (IPL), scheduled to start on September 19, the franchise found themselves in a hole after their contingent tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Among cricketers, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Deepak Chahar were infected. Chahar and Gaikwad, however, will not be able to practice before September 12.

CSK and Mumbai Indians will be locking horns in the opening match of the IPL on September 19, the organisers confirmed on Sunday.CSK began their training on Friday after no new coronavirus cases were detected in the contingent following a fresh COVID-19 test which was done on Thursday.

Viswanathan said he is looking forward to the fans’ support during the tournament.

“I am very confident that the Chennai Super Kings fan club will definitely look up to the team which is very confident of doing well. I wish to emphasise that the fans of Chennai Super Kings are very important for the team and we look to your support throughout the tournament,” he said.

Sport is a major contributor to economic and social development. Its role is well recognized by Governments, including in the Political Declaration of the 2030 Agenda, which reflects on “the contribution sports make to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities, as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives.”

The COVID-19 pandemic at the beginning of 2020 hit the sports industry hard. Many professional leagues across the globe suspended their seasons and hundreds of thousands of jobs were put at risk as public sporting events across the country were cancelled. Analysis suggests that an estimated 2.2 billion U.S. dollars of national TV revenue for the sports industry could be lost as a result of the crisis. COVID-19 has also upended the sporting calendar, with professional leagues everywhere suspending their activities to limit the spread of the virus. Even the Summer Olympics, typically one the world’s most-watched sporting broadcasts, has been pushed back a year.

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