Laishram Sarita Devi, the Indian boxing legend had tested positive for COVID-19 last month. Now after recovery, the athlete has not returned to her home in Imphal to spend the quarantine period, and the reason behind Sarita’s decision is her son’s safety.
The Indian sports fraternity has observed several novel Coronavirus cases recently and Sarita Devi, the national champion and former world champion contracted the virus and tested positive back on 17th August. Her husband, Thoiba Singh also tested positive along with Devi, but their seven year old son Tomthin was found negative.
She was kept in a care facility during the recovery period, and was discharged after testing negative on Monday. However, the Lightweight class Manipuri boxer did not return to her home in Imphal for the next 10 days of quarantine, concerning the safety of her son.
I can’t take that risk: Sarita Devi not returning home after COVID recovery for her son’s sake
“I came back yesterday after testing negative,” Sarita said in an interview with PTI, “my husband was discharged last week but I had to spend a few more days at the COVID care centre after my test came positive. But thankfully I am out of there now.”
The pugilist, who showed almost little to no symptoms after contracting the virus, is currently staying with her husband in her academy hostel in Imphal, which is nearby to her home, as going home to her son right now is still risky.
The 38 year old continued, “If I would have gone home, he would have come running to me. And I can’t take that risk. For his sake, I have decided to isolate myself at my academy’s hostel.”
“My husband is also here but he will leave because his isolation will be over in the next couple of days as he was discharged before me,” Sarita added.
A 2009 Arjuna awardee, Sarita Devi cliched gold at the 2006 Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships in New Delhi. She also has won a whopping five Asian Championships gold medals, and a silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.