Eight athletes test positive for Covid-19 in SAI Bhopal; none Olympic bound

A total of eight athletes, along with 18 other people, have tested positive for Covid-19 at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Bhopal however, no Olympic-bound player has contracted the disease.

The development came to light after a routine coronavirus testing at Bhopal centre.

The athletes with positive results have been rushed to a hospital while the rest of the confirmed cases are from the support staff. Out of the 181 tests conducted at the SAI Centre, 163 samples resulted negative while 18 cases came with positive results.

Earlier on March 31, the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, and the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Bengaluru, reported 26 and four positive cases respectively.

Significantly, SAI had conducted the RT PCR Covid-19 tests for the trainees of the NCOE and Olympic-bound athletes at Patiala and Bengaluru. Of the 313 tests conducted in Patiala, 26 athletes tested positive while four had  returned positive in Bengaluru.

National boxing coach C.A. Kuttappa was among the 12 boxers who tested positive for the virus.

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