In view of the cold conditions in the Punjab city, the country’s elite quarter milers, including star athlete Hima Das, will shift base from NIS Patiala to Thiruvananthapuram during the winter months.
On Monday, both the male and female 400m runners left for the Kerala capital from NIS Patiala, where they were training.
Taking it to Twitter, Das wrote, "Off to Trivandrum for our national camp."
Another quarter-miler Daneshwari Thakkannavar also took to Twitter and informed, "Senior National Camp moves from Patiala to Trivandrum. Bye-bye to chilly mornings ... for now."
Informing about the shifting, an official of the Athletics Federation of India said that the temporary measure in view of cold conditions in Punjab.
The official said, "The mornings and evenings are very cold in Patiala this winter month, so the 400m runners, both male and female, and the coaches will shift base to Thiruvananthapuram.”
"They will stay there (Thiruvananthapuram) for at least one month or so. Government sanction for the foreign tour may come after some time, so before that happens, the athletes may stay at Thiruvananthapuram when winter is extreme (in North India),” further added.
It is to be mentioned that shifting the base of Elite athletes temporarily is not new, as Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra and some other elite javelin throwers also shifted base from INS Patiala to Bhubaneswar during December 2020 to February 2021 ahead of the Tokyo Games.