In a major setback for restart of sporting activities in the country, Indian Hockey team captain along with 3 other India players have tested positive for Covid19. Hockey players Manpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Jaskaran Singh and Varun Kumar, who reported to the National Hockey Camp in Sports Authority of India’s National Centre of Excellence (NCOE) in Bengaluru along with the team, after a home break, have tested positive for COVID-19.
This was revealed as SAI had made it mandatory for all athletes to take a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival. There is a chance that the athletes contracted the virus while travelling from their hometown to Bengaluru.
Initially, all four had tested negative in the rapid test.
Since Manpreet and Surender developed COVID symptoms later, they along with other ten athletes who had travelled together were given the Quantitative RT-PCR test on Thursday, and the results were positive.
SAI is yet to obtain the results but they have been informed by the state government. A few more test results are still awaited.
All the athletes, including Manpreet, who reported to camp were undergoing quarantine as per the Health Ministry Guidelines and as a precautionary measure were kept in isolation to arrest the possibility of transmission of the virus. The quarantined athletes did not interact with other athletes who were already present at the camp.
The national body of sport in the country, Hockey India is yet to release any official statement on the matter.