Tue, 30 Mar 2021

8 members of the Indian boxing team test COVID-19 positive following Bosphorus Tournament

Eight members of the Indian boxing team, which recently flew back to the country from the Bosphorus Tournament in Turkey, have tested positive for COVID-19.

The team, which includes three boxers, is now quarantined in Istanbul a week after the event that concluded on 19th March, as a team source revealed to PTI.

The eight boxing team personnel, including three boxers, will undergo fresh COVID-19 test after a week

The three pugilists who tested positive are Commonwealth Games silver-medalist Gaurav Solanki (57kg), Prayag Chouhan (75kg) and Brijesh Yadav (81kg), all of whom returned positive test results last week.

Other than the boxers, two coaches from the team Dharmendra Yadav and Santosh Birmole, two physiotherapists Shikha Kedia and Dr Umesh, and video analyst Nitin Kumar are the rest from the team who have contracted the virus.

The eight Indians who are now quarantined in Turkey will undergo a new COVID-19 test after a minimum waiting period of one week and returning a negative result will assure their recovery and allow their return to India.

Coming to the tournament itself, the Indian contingent managed to secure two bronze medals, with Solanki clinching one in the men's category and Nikhat Zareen the other in the 51 kg women's category.

Nikhat Zareen (51 kg) and Gaurav Solanki (57kg) were the only two Indians who clinched medals at the Bosphorus Tournament, winning a bronze each.

Alongside the two medallists, the team consisted of Lalith Prasad (52kg), Shiva Thapa (63kg), Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg), Naman Tanwar (91kg) and Krishnan Sharma (+91kg) competing for the men's events and Zareen, Sonia Lather (57kg), Parveen (60kg), Jyoti Grewal (69kg) and Pooja Saini (75kg) for the women's events.

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