Tokyo Olympics: Five prominent Indian athletes test positive for COVID-19

With slightly over 100 days to go for Tokyo Olympic Games, a number one 400 metres low hurdler and a jumper coaching at Patiala’s National Institute of Sports are amongst 5 observe and discipline athletes with the potential of constructing it to the Olympics, to have examined positive for Covid-19.

“All five athletes are in isolation and will undergo 14 days quarantine. They are fine and have no symptoms of coronavirus but their RT-PCR Covid-19 report was positive on Tuesday. The athletes will be out of action for next two weeks,” a nationwide stage coach advised IANS on situation of anonymity.

A Tamil Nadu athlete who had completed second in his occasion within the final month’s twenty fourth National Federation Cup Athletics Championships is among the prominent athletes who has examined positive.

The different athlete to test positive is from Kerala. He had completed second in his occasion on the Federation Cup in March in Patiala.

As a precautionary measure, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) had conducted Covid-19 RT-PCR tests each in Patiala and for the National Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru. Of the 313 assessments accomplished in Patiala, 26 have been positive whereas 428 assessments have been performed in Bengaluru, and 4 returned positive.

“Keeping the safety of the Olympic-bound athletes, coaches and support staff in mind, the SAI conducted Covid-19 RT-PCR tests. The reports received indicates that all Olympic bound athletes in Patiala and Bengaluru are negative,” SAI stated in a press release on Wednesday.

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