Captain Manpreet, four different hockey gamers check optimistic for Covid-19

New Delhi, August 7

The Indian males’s hockey crew captain Manpreet Singh and 4 different gamers have examined optimistic for COVID-19 however the nationwide camp will resume in Bengaluru as scheduled with those that are match to coach, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) mentioned on Friday.

Besides Manpreet, defender Surender Kumar, Jaskaran Singh, drag-flicker Varun Kumar and goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak have additionally examined optimistic for the dreaded virus.

“I am self-quarantined at the SAI campus and I am very happy with the way SAI authorities have handled the situation…I am doing fine and hope to recover very soon,” the 28-year-old Manpreet mentioned within the assertion issued by the SAI.

“I am very happy that they made testing of athletes mandatory. That proactive step helped in identifying the problem right in time,” Manpreet added.

The gamers examined optimistic after returning to the nationwide hockey camp on the SAI South Centre in Bengaluru following a month-long break.

A SAI supply, nonetheless, mentioned that the camp would resume from August 20 as deliberate with the match gamers.

“As of now the camp is on and will resume as planned. The fit players can start their individual training and the players who have tested positive for COVID can resume later after recovering but they will have to pass a fitness test,” mentioned the supply.

The nationwide gamers have been earlier stranded on the centre for over two months (until June) when a nationwide lockdown was imposed to comprise the virus.

After getting back from the break, the gamers have been in necessary quarantine earlier than coaching’s resumption on the centre.

According to the SAI, Pathak’s outcome got here late from the state authorities.

“…SAI made it mandatory for all athletes, who reported back to the camp, to take a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival,” the SAI mentioned in a press release.

According to the SAI supply all of the gamers who’ve examined optimistic have been a part of a 10-member group who had travelled collectively and there have been probabilities of extra optimistic outcomes.

“Don’t be surprised if some more positive results come out,” mentioned the SAI supply.

“Since all the athletes who tested positive had travelled together, there is a high likelihood that they contracted the virus while travelling from their hometowns to Bengaluru.”

The SAI additional mentioned that every one the 5 gamers initially examined unfavorable within the fast check.

But when Manpreet and Surender started to point out some COVID-19 signs, they together with 10 different gamers, who had travelled collectively, have been made to endure the Quantitative RT-PCR check on Thursday.

“…and the five have been found to be COVID positive. Though the test results have still not been handed over to the SAI, the state government has informed the test results to the SAI authorities,” mentioned the SAI.

“The quarantined athletes did not interact with other athletes who were already present at the camp,” the SAI added.

The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the state authorities and of the SAI have been being adopted strictly throughout the campus. PTI

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