Another boxing coach tests Covid positive at NIS, Patiala | Boxing News

2021-04-05 02:57:52

NEW DELHI: Covid-19 has hit the Indian boxing hard with the cases of infection among the boxers and coaching support staff have been rising with each passing day at the national camp at NIS Patiala. Latest to have been infected by the virus is men’s team national coach, Jai Singh Patil.
The coach has been admitted to a private hospital in Patiala with mild symptoms. Patil is the second support staff personnel after men’s chief national coach, C A Kuttappa, to have been diagnosed with the virus.
The total number of boxers and coaching staff found infected now stood at 13. Four national camper boxers – Deepak Kumar (52kg), Mohammed Etash Khan (57kg), Manjeet Singh (+91kg) and Narendra Kumar (+91kg) had earlier been admitted to a private healthcare facility with Covid-19 symptoms.
During the precautionary RT-PCR tests conducted in NIS by the Sports Authority of India, a total of nine boxers and Kuttappa had originally returned Covid positive. Etash had tested positive a day later.
To control the spread of the virus, it’s been decided by the authorities to suspend practice sessions involving sparring and contact training at the boxing national camp. Only non-contact physical form of training will be allowed by coaches, with boxers strictly told to avoid meeting their teammates.
The Covid-affected pugilists are self-isolating at the Major Dhyanchand hostel in NIS. Besides, the selection trial for the senior Asian Championships, scheduled from May 21 to 31 in Delhi, has been put off by the BFI. The trial was scheduled for April 5 and 6.

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