Hockey captain Rani Rampal, Savita among seven to test positive for COVID-19

The Indian hockey team was tested on April 24 after the players returned from their hometowns to the SAI Centre in Bengaluru.

By Naveen Peter ·

Seven members of the Indian hockey women’s team, including captain Rani Rampal, and two support staff have tested positive for COVID-19, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said on Monday.

The players to return a positive COVID-19 test include veteran goalkeeper Savita Punia, Sharmila Devi, Rajani, Navjot Kaur, Navneet Kaur and Sushila Chanu. Video analyst Amrutaprakash and scientific advisor Wayne Lombard too have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“They were tested on April 24, post quarantine after their return from their respective hometowns to their training base at SAI Bengaluru, as per the laid down protocol,” the SAI said.

All the players and support staff are asymptomatic, and have been isolated and kept under observation at the SAI centre.

Bengaluru is one of the hotspots for the dreaded virus and the Karnataka state government has announced a two-week lockdown, starting Tuesday.

India have over 28 lakh active COVID-19 cases as on Monday with over 1.9 lakh reported deaths as per the ministry of health and family welfare.

The pandemic hasn’t spared the Indian sporting fraternity with stars like wrestler Vinesh Phogat and shuttle ace Saina Nehwal coming down with the virus over the past year.

As many as six members of the Indian hockey men’s team, including their captain Manpreet Singh, too tested positive for COVID-19 last year.

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