New Delhi, October 18
All 12 women wrestlers who have assembled at the SAI (Sports Authority of India) centre in Lucknow, including Vinesh Phogat, have tested negative for Covid, clearing the decks for the resumption of training on Monday.
Wrestlers at camp
- 50kg Nirmala Devi, Pinki, Ankush
- 53kg Vinesh Phogat, Anju
- 57kg Anshu Malik, Sarita Mor, Pooja Dhanda
- 62kg Sonam Malik, Navjot Kaur
- 68kg Divya Kakran, Anita
Haryana’s Vinesh, the only Indian woman wrestler to have qualified for next year’s Tokyo Olympics, had tested positive for Covid-19 in late August, just before she was to receive the prestigious Khel Ratna award in a virtual ceremony. Vinesh later recovered and joined the national camp.
“All the wrestlers have tested negative. We will begin with light training from tomorrow. The focus will be on general fitness, gym training, running and exercise. The mat training will only start next week (starting October 26),” national coach Kuldeep Malik said.
Olympics medallist Sakshi Malik (62kg), Seema (50kg), Lalita (53kg) and Nisha (68kg) will join the camp on October 25. “The four missing wrestlers were to join from Tuesday but the Sports Authority of India and the Wrestling Federation of India have asked them to join from October 25,” Malik said.
The camp was postponed twice due to the Covid pandemic and will now continue till December 31. — PTI