The Sports Authority of India (SAI) recently conduced COVID-19 tests for all cyclists, coaches and support staffs ahead of the inauguration of the national cycling camp at the Indira Gandhi National Stadium on 14th August. The good news, all the tests results have been reported negative, and they are current undergoing quarantine.
As all the national camps have been announced to open in the coming weeks, SAI decided to conduct a mandatory COVID-19 cases for every personnel to be present at the camps. The recent round of test done at the hockey camp returned with five positive cases, including the Indian team captain Manpreet Singh.
The cycling team, which includes eleven athletes, four coaches and sixteen support staff are to be present on the start of the national cycling camp at the stadium in New Delhi. On their arrival in the national capital, SAI put all personnel through COVID tests, which returned 0 positive results, as it was confirmed on Saturday.
Zero COVID cases ahead of SAI’s national cycling camp
“The team of 11 athletes, 4 coaches and 16 support staff have already reported to the camp and are undergoing mandatory quarantine. As a proactive, mandatory step SAI has administered the COVID test to all participants, including athletes, coaches, support staff (sporting and non-sporting such as housekeeping, cooks etc) on arrival. The test reports confirm that all of them are COVID negative,” SAI said in a press release.
“The quarantine zone where athletes, coaches and support staff are housed has been earmarked as the Green Zone and no outsider is being allowed to access the zone or interact with the team in order to ensure complete sanitisation,” SAI’s statement added.
In addition to that, SAI acknowledged that a second round of COVID testing will be done before the commencement of the national camp next week, to ensure that all personnel present at the camp premises are free of novel Coronavirus.
SAI also confirmed that medical personnel, i.e a doctor and nursing staff will be present at the national camp in case of any urgent crisis. A Standard operating procedure (SOP), jointly prepared by SAI and Health Ministry will be in effect at the camp.