"We haven't heard anything from the Rashtrapati Bhavan yet. We are waiting for a communication with regard to the Sports awards. So, at this point of time, it is very difficult to say what will happen," the ministry official told PTI.
"Currently, public gathering is prohibited across the country due to COVID-19 so no functions are being organised at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
"In the past also, the awards ceremony has been organised with delays, so in case it cannot be held on August 29, we can hold it one or two months later. The well-being and safety of all should be the priority right now," he added.
The pandemic had last month forced the sports ministry to extend the deadline for submission of online applications for the awards. It also allowed athletes to self-nominate in view of the "difficulties" being faced by them to find recommenders amid the lockdown.
The self nomination has resulted in a huge number of applicants for the awards but the sports ministry is yet to form a committee to select the eventual winners with just a month left for the ceremony if it is held on time.
It has been learnt that the ministry is yet to start screening of the applications and a delay is inevitable.
"The sports awards this year will definitely be delayed because screening of applications is a tedious task which is yet to begin," a ministry source told PTI.
"But the awards will definitely be given away. There is no question of denying deserving athletes and coaches their due recognition.
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