All 12 female wrestlers at National Camp test negative for Covid-19

SAI Female wrestlers

The women wrestlers who has assembled at the Sports Authority Of India (SAI) centre at Lucknow has tested negative for Covid-19.

SAI Female wrestlers

The wrestlers, twelve in number, includes Vinesh Phogat, the only Indian female wrestler to have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2021.


The wrestlers currently at camp are: Nirmala Devi, Pinki, Ankush (50kg), Vinesh Phogat, Anju (53kg), Anshu Malik, Sarita Mor, Pooja Dhanda (57kg), Sonam Malik, Navjot Kaur (62kg), Divya Kakran, Anita (68kg).

However, Olympic medalist Sakshi Malik (60kg), Lalita (53kg), Seema (50kg) and Nisha (43kg) will join the others later, from October 25. The camp will continue till December 31.

Coach Kuldeep Malik said: “All the wrestlers have tested negative. We will begin with light training from tomorrow. The focus will be on general fitness, gym training, running and exercise. The mat training will only start from next week.”

“The four missing wrestlers were to join from Tuesday but the Sports Authority of India and the Wrestling Federation of India have asked them to join from October 25,” he added.

In total, 16 wrestlers and 4 support staff shall be placed under the safe bio-bubble environment.

Elaborate hygiene and safety standards has been placed at the SAI centre in order to maintain a safe bio-bubble for the women wrestlers participating in the national camp.

“The facilities in the room are very good and we have been provided everything. We really feel like we are national campers. We are getting daily updates in the morning about our food and menu, everything is very proper and systemized and the food here is very good. With current facilities, we really feel good and have the motivation to give it our best,” Pooja Dhanda, an Arjuna Award recipient, said.

So far, Indian female wrestlers have only managed to win one quota for Olympics 2021, but two further qualification tournaments await and the national camp is a chance to prepare for the events. It is expected that next year in the Asian and World qualification tournaments, India will get a few more spots in Tokyo 2021.

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