3 boxers, including Commonwealth and Asian Games gold-winner Vikas Krishan, are dealing with a Sports Authority of India (SAI) investigation for supposedly breaking COVID-19 quarantine standards by joining fellow athletes at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala during their seclusion duration.
” We are investigating the matter. We will take action versus erring players and officials after fast examination,” SAI said in a statement without naming the professional athletes included.
Nevertheless, a source informed PTI that the alleged violators include CWG and Asiad gold-medallist Vikas Krishan, expert fighter Neeraj Goyat and Asian Games bronze-winner Satish Kumar. Of these, Vikas (69 kg) and Satish ( 91 kg) are Olympic-bound.
” Me and Vikas did not get in the mess. We got in the school with due consent of NIS Executive Director Raj Singh Bishnoi after our COVID-19 test results came unfavorable. We were informed to sit tight in our spaces and that’s what we did,” Goyat told PTI.
” Only Satish went to the mess once since he was uninformed of the procedure and from what we collect, some weightlifting and sports guys grumbled about it. His test report is likewise negative,” he added.
The boxing camp is due to begin in the next number of weeks for simply the Olympic-bound.
7 other fighters, who have qualified for the Tokyo Games, are currently in quarantine and have gone through COVID-19 tests, the reports for which are still awaited.
” Me, Satish and Vikas came here on July 1 itself and got ourselves checked early. That is why we were permitted to get in the hostel however were told to stay separated and we have actually followed that instruction,” Goyat stated.
The SAI also acknowledged that the alleged lawbreakers were permitted into the campus after their test reports came out negative.
” … our brand-new guidelines need quarantine for 7 days. On the 6th day, the tests are carried out and on negative report, professional athletes will be enabled to mix with other quarantined professional athletes,” the SAI stated.
” Apparently, few athletes who reported late were remaining independently from currently quarantined athletes, for avoidance of any infection, in the hostel inside the campus, which was separated from other hostel, were the professional athletes were housed,” it included.
” Nevertheless, they were likewise tested and post unfavorable results were allowed the hostel in the school and after due undertaking that they would follow the due quarantine procedure. Despite the undertaking, they allegedly blended with the other athletes/Coach in the campus.”
The SAI has restarted different camps with rigorous Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure that there is no danger of infection.
The boxers, when they reboot training, will not be enabled to access the ring, spar or use each other’s devices as part of the security procedure. The BFI got permission to restart the camp after waiting on over a month.