Vinesh Phogat tests COVID-19 positive

Vinesh Phogat
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World championships bronze medallist Vinesh Phogat, has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to participate in the National Sports Awards function on August 29 (Saturday).

The Asian and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, who has been selected for this year’s Khel Ratna award, had been training in Sonepat with coach Om Prakash.

Vinesh wrote on her Twitter  “I have tested positive for COVID-19 in a test taken yesterday. I am currently showing no symptoms but have isolated myself. All my family members are also isolating. I would request everyone who has come in contact with me recently to get tested. Stay safe everyone! Thank you.”


Vinesh was one of the first wrestlers to raise concerns about health safety when the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) planned to resume the national camp in Lucknow from September 1.

With her coach Woller Akos communicating the training plans every week, she had been trying to implement them by training with Om Prakash, a very senior and trusted coach.  She had asked for an exemption from the camp and after that Divya Kakran and Rio Olympic bronze medallist, Sakshi Malik had also expressed apprehensions.  

Eventually, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the WFI decided to postpone the camp again.  The men’s camp is scheduled to start at SAI Centre in Sonepat from September 1.

( Source – PTI )

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