The Indian men’s hockey group captain Manpreet Singh and four other players have tested optimistic for COVID-19 but the nationwide camp will resume in Bengaluru as scheduled with these who are suit to practice, the Athletics Authority of India (SAI) mentioned on Friday. In addition to Manpreet, defender Surender Kumar, Jaskaran Singh, drag-flicker Varun Kumar and goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak have also tested optimistic for the dreaded virus.
“I am self quarantined at the SAI campus and I am incredibly joyful with the way SAI authorities have handled the scenario…I am executing wonderful and hope to recuperate incredibly shortly,” the 28-calendar year-outdated Manpreet mentioned in the assertion issued by SAI.
“I am incredibly joyful that they manufactured testing of athletes mandatory. That proactive move assisted in figuring out the challenge suitable in time.”
The players tested optimistic right after returning to the nationwide hockey camp at the SAI South Centre in Bengaluru following a month-prolonged split.
A SAI source, nevertheless, mentioned that the camp will resume from August twenty as prepared with the suit players.
“As of now the camp is on and will resume as prepared. The suit players can start off their person coaching and the players who have tested optimistic for COVID can resume later right after recovering but they will have to pass a health and fitness examination,” the source mentioned.
The nationwide players ended up previously stranded at the centre for more than two months (until June) when a nationwide lockdown was imposed to incorporate the virus.
Following coming back again from the split, the players ended up in mandatory quarantine before training’s resumption at the centre. According to SAI, Pathak’s outcome arrived late from the point out governing administration.
“…SAI manufactured it mandatory for all athletes , who noted back again to the camp to consider a immediate COVID-19 examination upon arrival,” the SAI mentioned in a assertion.
According to the SAI source all the players who have tested optimistic ended up component of a 10-member team who have travelled jointly and there are prospects of extra positve outcomes come out.
“Really don’t be shocked if some extra optimistic outcomes come out,” the SAI source informed PTI.
“Due to the fact all the athletes who tested optimistic experienced travelled jointly, there is a higher probability that they contracted the virus while travelling from their hometowns to Bengaluru.”
The SAI further more mentioned that all the 5 players originally tested adverse in the immediate examination.
But when Manpreet and Surender began to exhibit some COVID-19 signs, they along with 10 other players, who experienced travelled jointly, ended up manufactured to endure the Quantitative RT-PCR examination on Thursday.
“…and the 5 have been uncovered to be COVID optimistic. Even though the examination outcomes have continue to not been handed more than to SAI, but the point out governing administration has informed the examination outcomes to the SAI authorities,” the SAI mentioned.
“The quarantined athletes did not interact with other athletes who ended up already present at the camp,” the SAI mentioned.
The Regular Functioning Course of action (SOP) of the point out governing administration and of SAI ended up getting followed strictly across the campus.
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