Sports Ministry issues SOP for athletes tested positive for COVID-19

NewsBharati    03-Oct-2020
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New Delhi, Oct 3: In order to safeguard a secured environment for the athletes amid the coronavirus, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has issued guidelines (SOP) for high-performance athletes who are training at SAI centres and tested positive for COVID-19.
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This comes after several players, including six hockey players were tested positive for the virus after returning to SAI centre from a long break. The SAI ensured that the health and fitness of every athlete in mind will be taken care of. Under the new guidelines, the SAI, termed "Graduated Return to Play" (GRTP), has asked all SAI officials and centres to monitor the progression of athletes who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are undergoing training in SAI facilities.
The SOP has been divided into three categories, based on COVID -19 cases.
  • Category One: COVID-19 Positive & Asymptomatic (mild localized symptoms that resolve within 10 days*

  • Category Two: COVID-19 Positive & Prolonged Course (Regional / systemic symptoms for more than 10 days) or severe symptoms that required hospitalisation*

  • Category Three: COVID-19 Positive & Symptoms during GRTP progression* (Post recovery complications)
Further, in the new guidelines, the SAI stated that all the SAI officials have been given strict instructions and added responsibilities with regards to training athletes who tested positive. It is also identifying medical and paramedical experts to designate at each Centre to ensure clinical assessment of COVID-19 infection on the athletes and implementation of the guidelines stated within the SOP.
"These designated medical and paramedical experts are being instructed to ensure clarity with regards to the GRTP progression in the result of the Post COVID-19 Infection Clinical Assessment. Coaches have been instructed to plan a physical activity at 50% of normal intensity and volume for an otherwise healthy patient with a self-limiting course of COVID-19 who has been asymptomatic for 7 days," the Ministry said in a release.
Later on, it added, "The Medical and Paramedical Staff have been asked to monitor the progress of the athletes regularly and give advice to athletes and coaches for gradual resumption to training.Athletes would be monitored before, during and after the exercise sessions and if any unwarranted symptoms are there it would be reported to the medical team for further assessment."
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