Covid hits World Cup, shooter exams constructive

Vinayak Padmadeo

Today News Online Service

New Delhi, March 18

In an inauspicious start to the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, a top international shooter has tested positive for Covid-19. The shooter in question (named withheld due to protocol) is currently in isolation in the hotel where he was staying.

A member of the organising committee informed him about the situation late on Thursday night. He was then asked to give a second sample and his roommate, who was also tested, was shifted to another room.

The result of the second sample was positive as well and as a precaution, he will be shifted to a hospital. However, samples of three others who are from the same country have returned negative and they are cleared to take part in the World Cup that starts on Saturday.

Surprisingly, the testing agency took 42 hours to give the shooter the report of his sample.

“We will be moving him to a hospital as a precautionary measure. Though he has no major symptoms, we have to take all necessary steps so that nothing untoward happens,” said a source in know of the development.

His swab samples were taken at the airport when he landed with this team. The shooter has been one of the top performers in the last few years, having won multiple medals at the World Cups and World Championships and has participated in three Olympic Games.

Qualification rounds

Meanwhile, Day 1 of the event will be restricted to qualification rounds in the air pistol and air rifle disciplines, with the finals scheduled to be held on Sunday.

Top stars including pistol aces Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary and rifle shooters Apurvi Chandela, Elavenil Valarivan and Divyansh Singh Panwar would be seen in action as they attempt to put India in the driver’s seat in qualification.

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