London 2012 Olympic archer Jayanta Talukdar in ICU after testing positive for COVID-19

Talukdar did not make the Tokyo squad after failing in the trials. COVID is playing havoc with sports in India.

By Ubaid Parkar

Indian archer Jayanta Talukdar has been hospitalised in Guwahati, Assam after testing positive for COVID-19 a few days ago, according to the Sportstar.

The London 2012 Olympian is being treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for low oxygen levels.

India is currently reeling under the steep rise in COVID infections with well over 300,000 cases recorded daily in the last 10 days. Sportspersons and sports events like the Indian Premier League T20 cricket tournament have been impacted.

Talukdar was among the eight shortlisted archers who competed in the trials to select the Indian archery team for the Tokyo Olympics in March. He didn’t make the cut.

An Arjuna Award winner, the 35-year-old Talukdar is a gold medal winner at the 2006 Archery World Cup in Merida, Mexico and a silver medallist in the men’s team world championships in 2005 in Madrid, Spain.

Jayanta Talukdar competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games but lost in the first rounds of both the individual recurve and the men’s team events.

Talukdar is one of the several Indian athletes who recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus. This list included Tokyo-bound boxer Simranjit Kaur and race walker Priyanka Goswami among others.