Six hockey gamers in hospital

Vinayak Padmadeo

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 11

The Indian hockey squad’s six gamers, together with Mandeep Singh, have been shifted to SS Sparsh Multi-speciality Hospital in Bengaluru as a precautionary measure after Mandeep’s oxygen stage dropped under regular.

Mandeep was the primary participant to be moved to the hospital round 2:30 am as we speak morning. Five others — captain Manpreet Singh, defenders Surender Kumar, Jaskaran Singh, drag-flicker Varun Kumar and goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak — have been moved to the identical designated Covid facility as a precautionary measure within the night.

All six had examined optimistic after they have been put by means of the quantitative RT-PCR take a look at after Manpreet and Surender displayed Covid signs whereas in quarantine.

Constant monitoring

“All six athletes in NCOE Bengaluru who tested Covid positive, were being monitored constantly and their vitals were being checked four times everyday — in the morning, afternoon, evening and in night before sleep,” SAI mentioned within the assertion.

“During night monitoring of vitals on August 10 (Monday) it was found that Mandeep Singh’s blood oxygen level was dropping below normal which indicated that he is moving from mild to moderate severity of COVID,” the assertion mentioned, including: “SAI authorities on campus took an immediate decision to shift him to SS Sparsh hospital as a precautionary measure. His condition is currently stable.”

However, after shifting Mandeep to hospital, SAI authorities determined to shift the others Covid-positive gamers in addition to a precautionary measure. Like Mandeep, they’re mentioned to be secure. Officials are in contact with the gamers through video chat over the telephone.

Camp beneath cloud?

The six Covid instances have put a query mark over the continuation of the nationwide hockey camp in Bengaluru. The camps for each males’s and girls’s groups are to begin on August 18, after the gamers and workers full their necessary 14-day quarantine. With experiences that the boys’s Asian Hockey Champions Trophy — scheduled to be held from November 17 to 27 in Dhaka — is about to be postponed, many are privately questioning the necessity to proceed with the nationwide camp. SAI, nonetheless, is holding fort because the officers really feel calling off the camp will imply risking the gamers’ well being as they could catch the virus whereas travelling again. SAI is predicted to take a choice on whether or not to go forward with the camp within the coming days.

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