Indian Olympian stuck in Covid-19 hotspot Phuket – but safe!

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The novel Coronavirus pandemic has put human life around the world on a hold. Many countries have gone under lock down, all sporting activities are put on hold as well as restrictions are implemented on international travels. Amidst such worrying times, Indian Olympic swimmer  is stuck abroad in Phuket, Thailand, as he couldn’t make it back to his home country from undergoing training after travel bans were implemented.

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Sajan Prakash, who is preparing for his second Summer Olympics, was present at the International Swimming Federation (FINA) training centre in Thanyapura, Phuket, when the Coronavirus was termed a ‘pandemic’ and all countries, including India started implementing travel restrictions to prevent contamination and further spread of the virus.

Speaking to Times of India, Prakash said that the group of Hungarian swimmers that were present at the academy before going back to their home country earlier, have seen some of the athletes test positive of Coronavirus.

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“There was a group of 15-20 Hungarians here. I heard on their return nine members of the squad have tested postive,” the 26 year old said.

However, no other athletes who remained at the academy have shown any symptoms of a contraction.

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“We were all sharing the same dining area but as of now there are no other cases here,” Prakash added.

Even though Phuket is now identified as a COVID-19 hotspot, the swimmer said that he’s avoiding going out and is safe at the training centre, even though it was reported that two school teachers tested positive in the locality.

Thailand has seen 2,518 confirmed cases till date, and 35 patients have succumbed to the virus.

Prakash made his Olympic debut at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, where he competed in the 200 Meter butterfly category. However, he ranked 28th in the table, clocking a time of 1:59.37.

Prakash secured a silver at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, competing in the 100 metre butterfly category.

In 2015, Prakash set a record in 2015 for winning 6 gold and 3 silver medals at the 35th India National Games, Kerala.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed to 2021, and is the first time in the grand event’s history since its cancellation during the Second World War.

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