New Delhi: Wrestler and World Championship silver medal winner Deepak Punia, along with two others have tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Saturday said that two wrestlers along with Olympic-bound Punia who tested positive are Navin (65kg) and Krishan (125kg). The three wrestlers are the part of the National Camp at the SAI centre located at Sonepat. They have been currently sent into isolation.
The nodal sports body stated, “Three senior men’s wrestlers, who had reported to the National Wrestling Camp at SAI Centre in Sonepat, have tested positive for COVID -19 virus, as quoted by Hindustan Times.
The athletes have been admitted to an SAI empanelled hospital as a precautionary measure to monitor their health. Every wrestler was tested after they arrived in the camp according to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for a resumption of the sports activities.
The Sports Authority of India tweeted, “Wrestler Deepak Punia tested COVID positive during the test given by SAI upon arrival at the National Camp in Sonepat, and was in the hospital. Now he’s been advised home quarantine by doctors as he’s stable & asymptomatic. His homestay is approved by District COVID Nodal Officer.”
Wrestler Deepak Punia tested Covid positive during the test given by SAI upon arrival at the National Camp in Sonepat, and was in hospital. Now he’s been advised home quarantine by doctors as he’s stable & asymptomatic. His home stay is approved by District Covid Nodal Officer. pic.twitter.com/v86f2yoFRL
— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) September 6, 2020
The wrestlers along with staff members and coaches underwent mandatory RT-PCR tests for detecting the disease after their arrival.
Assistant Secretary of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), Vinod Tomar, said, “They (the three) will be tested again after two days and if they return negative tests, they will be brought back,” was quoted as saying by PTI.
“There is no threat to the national camp. It will continue. The wrestlers will begin training only after they complete their quarantine period of 14 days,” Tomar added.
All the wrestlers have been training in the camp since September 1. Earlier, Commonwealth and Asian Games champion, Vinesh Phogat, also tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the National Sports Award Ceremony last week.
Vinesh, who competes in 53 kg category is the only woman wrestler to have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. In her recent COVID-19 tests, she tested negative. However, she will remain in quarantine as a precautionary measure until she recovers completely.