Training at Gopichand Academy halts after shuttler Sikki Reddy tests positive for COVID-19

NewsBharati    14-Aug-2020
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Hyderabad, Aug 14: Shuttler N Sikki Reddy and physiotherapist Kiran C, who arrived at the National badminton camp at the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad, have tested positive for COVID-19, the Sports Ministry said in a release.
 
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This came to light after they took SAI's mandatory COVID-19 test that is given to all players, coaches, and support staff on arrival. Both Sikki and Kiran are asymptomatic. Both are locals of Hyderabad and have been attending the camps from their homes. Meanwhile, the academy has been closed down for sanitization. All primary contacts of Sikki and Kiran have been traced and are being given the RT PCR test again.
 
Speaking from Hyderabad, chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand said, "SAI's mandatory COVID-19 test was given to all athletes, coaches, support staff and administrative staff at the badminton national camp, and two campers have tested positive for COVID-19. All necessary precautions as per protocol are being taken so that players can come back for training safely and as soon as possible."
 
Earlier, six hockey players, including India captain Manpreet Singh, have been tested positive after reaching the National Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru to report for their camp last week.