India hockey players recovering well from Covid

Five players had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on their return to the national hockey camp in Bengaluru on Friday.

By Naveen Peter

Five members of the Indian hockey men’s team, including captain Manpreet Singh, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, are recovering well at the South Authority of India’s (SAI) National Centre for Excellence in Bengaluru.

In a media statement on Saturday, the SAI informed that the players are being attended by the in-house doctor as well as one doctor from the state government, who has been deputed on SAI’s request.

Moreover, the players were also attended by a team of expert doctors from Manipal Hospital, a private hospital in the city.

“The vitals of the players like temperature, oxygen levels have been monitored and all five players have been found to be mild symptomatic cases,” Dr Avinash HR, from the state government, said. 

“Except for one, the other four players did not have a fever. They are doing fine and we have put them on immunity boosters and other support medicines.” 

The chief coach of the Indian hockey team, Graham Reid, too ensured that the safety and wellbeing of the players will remain the team management’s primary objective in the coming days. 

“I am constantly in touch with all five of them and they are doing fine. SAI has made every arrangement to give them the best care,” the Aussie said. 

“The chefs are making special dishes for them as per their choice, beyond the mess menu, and the athletes are very happy about it.”

Goalkeeper Krishan B Pathak is one among the five players to test positive for COVID-19. Photo: Hockey India

Skipper Manpreet Singh, along with the rest of the team, had returned to the SAI centre this week for the national camp amidst the pandemic situation in Bengaluru following a month-long break. 

Upon arrival, the players were administered a rapid test for COVID-19 as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) laid down by SAI. 

Though the initial report came back negative, Manpreet Singh and Surender Kumar showed COVID-19 symptoms and tested positive when a second round was conducted.