Vinesh Covid-positive, to overlook awards presentation

Tribune News Service

Panipat/New Delhi, August 28

A day earlier than she was to obtain the Khel Ratna, the nation’s highest award for achievements in sports activities, star wrestler Vinesh Phogat has examined constructive for Covid-19. Wrestling coach Om Prakash Dahiya, who’s to obtain the Dronacharya Award, too examined constructive immediately.

Vinesh shall be among the many 14 sportspersons who can be absent from the digital presentation of the National Sports Awards tomorrow morning. The awards shall be given just about this 12 months as a result of Covid-19 pandemic — President Ram Nath Kovind, in New Delhi, would current the awards in a digital ceremony to the winners, who can be current at varied centres throughout the nation.

Vinesh and coach Dahiya have been to be current on the mini secretariat in Sonepat tomorrow to obtain their awards. However, as a precaution, all of the winners have been made to bear Covid-19 assessments yesterday. “My test was done on Thursday and it has come positive. I am at home right now. My family members will also get tested tomorrow. I still didn’t feel any symptoms. I am absolutely fine,” Vinesh mentioned.

Ramesh Kumar Hooda, District Sports Officer, mentioned that Vinesh, Dahiya, Dhyanchand Award winner Manpreet Singh (of Punjab, however dwelling in Sonepat) and Arjuna Award winner Deepak Niwas of Rohtak have been scheduled to take part within the digital ceremony on the mini secretariat in Sonepat. Vinesh and Dahiya have been requested to self-isolate.

The awards ceremony shall be attended by 60 winners. According to sources, in all eight award winners have examined constructive.

Of the 5 Khel Ratna winners, two can be absent — Vinesh and Rohit Sharma, who’s within the UAE for the IPL. Rani Rampal, Manika Batra and Mariyappan Thangavelu shall be a part of the awards ceremony.

Athletics coach Purshottam Rai dies

Athletics coach Purshottam Rai, who was to obtain the Dronacharya Award for lifetime achievement tomorrow morning, handed away immediately after struggling a coronary heart assault.

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