The novel Coronavirus pandemic has another latest case from the Indian sports scene, and this time its the country’s boxing team doctor. Dr Amol Patil, associated with a 11 player boxing team which even consisted the world championship silver medallist Amit Panghal, has tested positive for COVID-19.
The doctor, a member of the national camp, tested positive on 13th July at the NIS Patiala campus, where the team of 11 pugilists had assembled for training. This is the first COVID case in sports since its resumption in India, and even though the players themselves had tested negative, the doctor, who is completely asymptomatic, was found positive as his results arrived late Monday.
“Dr Amol (Patil) was in quarantine in a centre outside the main campus of National Institute of Sports (NIS) Patiala. As per protocol, before he is allowed to enter main hostel and sports arena, he was given the COVID test on the 7th day (of quarantine) and tested positive,” an official statement from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) was quoted by PTI.
The full team of boxers, who tested negative, will undergo another round of testing, will be tested again as they stayed together with the doctor in the same quarantine facility after arriving to Patiala last week.
“He has been shifted to the state-run COVID centre. Those who are identified as primary contact will be tested tomorrow. The quarantine period for all persons staying in the same quarantine facility has been extended by one week. The centre has been sterilised as per protocol,” SAI’s statement further added.
In addition to Amit Panghal, the boxing team also includes 2019 Asian Championships silver medal winner Ashish Kumar. The team, which includes a total of eight Olympic qualified pugilists, were quarantined with the doctor at the STC boys’ hostel outside the training campus.
In addition to the players, men’s team coach CA Kuttappa, women’s team coach Mohammed Ali Qamar and assistant coach Kheemanand Beniwal will also undergo testing on Tuesday as they were also in touch with Dr Patil.