Bengaluru, Aug 8: Indian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh, defenders Surender Kumar, Jaskaran Singh and drag-flicker Varun Kumar have tested positive for coronavirus, informed the Sports Authority of India (SAI). All the other players camping in SAI Bengaluru campus are in self-quarantine as their test results are awaited. The players had returned to the national hockey camp here following a month-long break.
The hockey camp is being conducted in the National Centre of Excellence in SAI, Bengaluru. 10 athletes who had travelled along with the other members have also undergone a RT-PCR test. The quarantined athletes have not interacted with other athletes in the camp thereby ensuring that the infection does not spread in the campus.
"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 COVID-19 positive," SAI said in a statement.
As a proactive step, SAI had made it mandatory for all athletes, who reported back to the camp to take a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival. Since all the athletes who tested positive had travelled together, there is a high likelihood that they contracted the virus while travelling from their hometowns to Bengaluru, it stated.
SAI said that all four players tested negative in the "rapid test" but later, Manpreet and Surender began to display some COVID-19 symptoms."All four tested negative in the rapid test. However, since Manpreet and Surender began to display some COVID-19 symptoms later, they along with the other ten athletes who had travelled together were given the Quantitative RT-PCR test on Thursday, and the four have been found to be COVID-19 positive," the statement read.
Though the test results have still not been handed over to SAI, the state government has informed the test results to the SAI authorities, and few test results are still awaited.
The skipper said he is doing fine and hoping to recover soon. "I am self quarantined on the SAI campus and I am very happy with the way SAI authorities have handled the situation. I am very happy that they made the testing of athletes mandatory. That proactive step helped in identifying the problem right in time. I am doing fine and hope to recover very soon," Manpreet said in a statement.