National hockey camps to renew on August 19 regardless of 6 COVID-19 circumstances

New Delhi, August 12

The coaching camps for India’s nationwide hockey groups will go forward as scheduled from August 19 in Bengaluru regardless of half a dozen males’s crew gamers, together with skipper Manpreet Singh, being hospitalised after testing optimistic for COVID-19.

Both the lads’s and ladies’s groups will resume coaching on the Sports Authority of India (SAI) South Centre in Bengaluru.

“…the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams are scheduled to resume sports activities from Wednesday 19th August 2020, following the completion of their 14-day quarantine period,” the SAI mentioned in a press release on Wednesday.

The resolution was taken after a dialogue with the sport’s stakeholders, together with Hockey India officers and chief coaches of each the groups.

“…after giving the utmost priority to the safety and well-being of all the athletes, it has been decided that the sporting activities will be resumed at SAI’s National Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru, as scheduled earlier.”    

The camp for male hockey gamers was unsure after six of them examined optimistic for COVID-19. The girls’s camp, nonetheless, was by no means doubtful in any case of them examined unfavourable for the dreaded virus.

Skipper Manpreet, striker Mandeep Singh, defenders Surender Kumar, Jaskaran Singh, drag-flicker Varun Kumar and goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak have been hospitalised after testing optimistic for the virus.

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

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

The mild depth nationwide camp is predicted to proceed until September 30.

The SAI mentioned the choice to go forward was based mostly on “consensus” and it’ll amid strict compliance of the well being security protocol.

Indian males’s hockey crew chief coach Graham Reid mentioned the well being and wellbeing of the gamers and help employees would be the high precedence through the camp.

“It is good to know that everyone is eager while making sure their health and wellbeing is our collective priority,” Reid mentioned.

The six COVID optimistic gamers will likely be built-in into the group as soon as they get better from the virus.

“They are in good spirits, and are looking forward to a quick recovery. Once recovered and after following protocol of quarantine, we look forward to have them back with us,” Reid mentioned.

Reid’s counterpart within the girls’s crew, Sjoerd Marijne mentioned he had obtained optimistic response from his crew in regards to the resumption of camp.

“I say it on behalf of the whole squad that we are very happy to be back at the national camp and resuming sports activities by following all the protocols,” he mentioned.

“We look forward to work hard on the team’s fitness in this protected environment.” PTI

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