Boxers test COVID-19 positive: 21 women boxers as well as their coach test COVID positive at Women’s National Boxing Camp.
Raffaele Bergamasco, the director of the Women’s National Boxing Camp and Mohammed Ali Qamar, head coach, were among the names who tested positive for the virus, including 21 other players. However, none of the infected boxers was bound for the Olympics.
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) confirmed the news of the players testing positive for COVID-19 in a statement, however, they refrained from declaring the names of those who are infected. According to PTI, members of the coaching staff were among the 21 infected persons.
“Precautionary COVID-19 test was conducted at the National Coaching Camp for Elite Women Boxers at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in New Delhi and 21 campers, including players and coaching staff, tested positive,” the SAI stated, “None of them, however, are Olympic-bound.”
All the persons who have been infected with the virus are reportedly asymptomatic and are shifted to a quarantine zone.
“The Olympic-bound boxers as well as other campers, who tested negative, are placed in a safe zone at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. It is SAI’s utmost effort to ensure containment of the spread of the virus,” SAI added.
The outbreak has resulted in a halt for the training currently. All the players and coaches are quarantined. Moreover, the non-infected other Olympic bound players will have to go through some monitoring as they might have come in contact with the ones who are infected.
However, some reports claim that the news of Qamar being tested positive is fake as he recently recovered from the injection while the SAI claims it to be some viral loads present in his body after the recovery.
The four women boxers who have qualified for the Olympics are MC Mary Kom(51kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg).