The Indian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh and four other players have tested positive for COVID-19.
But the national camp will resume in Bengaluru as scheduled with those who are fit to train, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said on Friday.
Besides Manpreet, defender Surender Kumar, Jaskaran Singh, drag-flicker Varun Kumar and goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak have also tested positive for the dreaded virus.
As a proactive step, SAI 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.
All four tested negative in the rapid test. However, since Manpreet and Surender began to display some symptoms of coronavirus later, they along with other ten athletes who had travelled together were given the Quantitative RT-PCR test on Thursday, and the four have been found to be positive.
Though the test results have still not been handed over to SAI, but the state government has informed the test results to the SAI authorities.