Mandeep Singh sixth Indian hockey player to test COVID-19 positive

After Indian hockey team captain Manpreet Singh and four other players, Mandeep Singh too tested positive for the coronavirus.

By Utathya Nag

Indian men’s hockey team forward Mandeep Singh has become the latest member from the core group of Tokyo Olympics-bound Indian hockey players to test positive for COVID-19.

The 25-year-old is asymptomatic and is currently being treated by doctors in Bengaluru, where the hockey national camp is scheduled to be held at the Sports Authority of India (SAI)’s National Centre for Excellence from August 20.

“Mandeep Singh, a member of the Indian men's hockey team, who was given the COVID test (RT PCR) along with 20 other players at the National Camp at SAI's National Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru, has tested COVID positive,” the SAI said on Monday.

Mandeep Singh is the sixth Indian hockey player who tested COVID positive

Sixth player to test positive

Mandeep Singh is being treated along with five other players, including captain Manpreet Singh, goalkeeper Krishan Pathak, midfielder Jaskaran Singh and defenders Surender Kumar and Varun Kumar, who tested positive on Friday.

All players are currently quarantined at the SAI Centre in Bengaluru and are being closely monitored by SAI’s in-house doctor as well as a doctor appointed by the Karnataka government on SAI’s request.

A team of specialists from the Manipal Hospital – a private hospital in Bengaluru – is also attending the players.

According to SAI’s doctors, the players are exhibiting mild symptoms but are doing well.

Members of both the men’s and women’s Indian hockey teams, along with coaches and support staff, had returned to the SAI Centre in Bengaluru for the hockey national camp which was initially scheduled to begin on August 4 after a month-long break.

Even though the initial rapid antigen tests turned out to be negative, more comprehensive RT PCR tests were run on the players on Thursday after Manpreet Singh and Surender Kumar started showing symptoms related to COVID-19 infection.

The new batch of tests revealed that the players had contracted the virus.