Shooting World Cup: Top shooter tests Covid positive; is asymptomatic | More sports News


2021-03-19 04:54:22

NEW DELHI: A leading shooter, who’s a three-time Olympian and multiple gold medallist at the ISSF World Cups, has tested positive for Covid-19 on the eve of the ISSF Combined Shooting World Cup, beginning here on Friday.
The shooter, who is currently ranked world number 2 in his event, is asymptomatic and has been shifted to Faridabad’s Sarvodaya Hospital and Research Centre, it’s been learned. The concerned Embassy office in the Capital has been informed about the shooter’s positive result.
The shooter, who’s a Tokyo Olympic quota holder, was informed about his positive report on Wednesday evening at his official team hotel – Taj Vivanta. He had been tested at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport on early Tuesday morning upon his arrival from his country, but his test report was made available to him 42 hours later. As per rules, an RT-PCR test report has to be made available to the concerned within 24 hours of his/ her testing.
It’s been learned that the shooter was subjected to second round of testing at the team hotel on Thursday, as his event was to begin on Friday.
His second test has also come positive, which means his participation in the WC is over. The shooter, who was one of the finalists in his event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, had complained of spicy Indian food being served to him at the team hotel and wasn’t happy with the bio-secure bubble arrangements made by the WC’s Organising Committee (OC) at the five-star facility.
In fact, according to sources, he wasn’t allowed to collect fruits and dry fruits being sent by an Indian shooter friend from outside his hotel room owing to his positive report. The shooter, along with his team members, was holed up at the IGI airport for seven hours as they waited for the airport security officials to clear their ammunition.
There was no separate lane created for the foreign shooters as directed by the ISSF. The biosecure arrangement made for the shooters hasn’t been strictly followed as the birthday parties and marriage ceremonies are being hosted at the hotel lawns and halls and people could be seen roaming around freely without any restrictions.



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