Quarantine trouble for boxers – Vikas Krishnan, Satish Kumar and Neeraj Goyat who have flouted the rules for COVID-19 at National Institute of Sports (NIS) center, Patiala. Boxers of all categories who have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics are gathered at NIS, Patiala, for a national camp. This camp is scheduled to start on 1st August 2020.
Quarantine trouble for boxers
Satish (+91kgs) and Vikas (69kgs) have already secured their places for representing India in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. Vikas has previously appeared in Beijing 2008 and Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics and has qualified for the 3rd time to perform in the Olympic games. In contrast, Satish is the first Indian athlete who has qualified for the Olympics in the super heavyweight category. On the other hand, Neeraj is India’s elite boxer who made a successful comeback in a pro circuit in March after he went through a life-threatening accident, last year.
SAI’s guidelines on self-quarantine
According to the guidelines of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), each player has to follow the rules designed by the organization. New rules of COVID-19 suggests that a player should quarantine himself/herself for seven days before entering camps and mixing with other athletes.
On the sixth day of the quarantine period, COVID-19 tests of players permitted out and those who are reported negative are only allowed to enter the national camp. Previously, the quarantine period decided for athletes was of 14 days, but afterward, SAI revised the norms and reduced this period from 14 days to 7 days.
All three boxers tested negative
According to sources, Vikas Krishnan, Satish Kumar and Neeraj Goyat arrived late at the NIS Camp and were tested for COVID-19 by the campus’ medical staff. However, as their reports came out to be negative, the trio started to roam around freely and entered the dining hall for having their meals. Due to it, some athletes and coaches of other disciplines objected to their deeds and feared their safety and health. Coaches and other athletes alleged that the initial tests of coronavirus might show negative results, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be detected asymptomatic later.
SAI has started investigating in that matter and has also said that they will take legal actions against erring players and officials after the investigation is over. The safety of every athlete is a must as they are the ones who are going to represent India globally.