Covid hits Indian hockey: Men’s camp unsure after 6 optimistic instances, girls’s camp nonetheless on

New Delhi, August 11

The upcoming coaching camp for India’s male hockey gamers in Bengaluru appears to be like unsure after half a dozen of them examined optimistic for COVID-19 however the girls can resume follow in any case of them examined adverse for the dreaded virus.

Six Indian males’s group gamers—skipper Manpreet Singh, striker Mandeep Singh, defenders Surender Kumar, Jaskaran Singh, drag-flicker Varun Kumar and goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak—have examined optimistic after reaching Bengaluru for the nationwide camp, scheduled to begin on August 20.

Of these, Mandeep has been hospitalised after his blood oxygen ranges dropped on Monday.

“The men’s camp is in doubt after six positive results, more reports are still awaited from the state government,” a SAI supply instructed PTI.

“But the women’s camp is still on course after all the players tested negative. They are currently under 14-day quarantine period and the light intensity camp will begin once it’s over,” the supply added.

Currently, 33 male and 24 feminine gamers are in Bengaluru for the camp.

The six COVID optimistic males—principally from Punjab — have been a part of a 10-member group that travelled collectively from New Delhi.

According to sources near the developments, the quantity may rise as all of the take a look at stories of the lads’s group haven’t but to return.

The mild depth nationwide camp was supposed to begin within the final week of August after a month-long break and was anticipated to proceed until September 30.

It is learnt that SAI accredited the camp after a request from Hockey India, which is among the many 57 de-recognised National Sports Federations (NSFs).

“Resuming national camps is not solely SAI’s decision. We take feedback and inputs from every NSF before deciding anything because they are more aware than us. We just give them support in terms of opening up our infrastructure,” a SAI supply mentioned.

“We are in deliberations with respective authorities, including Hockey India on the resumption of men’s camp and a decision on this matter will be taken shortly.” Reports have alleged that the lads’s group gamers, throughout their break, didn’t observe well being security protocols as strictly as they need to have been.

India’s solely World Cup-winning hockey captain Ajit Pal Singh criticised the Punjab-based gamers for travelling collectively whereas saying that the fault additionally lies with HI, which ought to have saved a tab on its gamers throughout their time at dwelling.

“The men’s team players ought to be more responsible. They are national icons and they should set right examples for the future generations. If they were required to follow quarantine rules, they should have followed them strictly,” Ajit Pal instructed PTI.

“The federation officials also need to take some responsibility. They should have ensured that the players adhere to quarantine rules at home. Look at the girls, all of them tested negative which shows that they are more responsible and disciplined than their male counterparts,” he added.

Ajit Pal additionally questioned the necessity for the resumption of the coaching camp at the moment because the Indian hockey groups don’t have any main tournaments lined up this 12 months, aside from the lads’s Asian Champions Trophy in November in Dhaka.

That too appears to be like set to be postponed because of the pandemic.

“Life is more precious than any sport at this time. I don’t understand the logic behind resuming the camp now because we don’t have any tournaments lined up till April next year (FIH Pro League),” the 1975 World Cup-winning skipper mentioned.

“We are only putting all the players and everyone involved at risk by doing this. We have to keep that in mind.” — PTI



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