Vinesh Phogat tests positive for Covid-19

Asian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist wrestler Vinesh Phogat said that she has tested positive for coronavirus.
Vinesh Phogat

New Delhi, Aug 28 : Asian Games gold medal-winning wrestler Vinesh Phogat has tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus. She was tested by the Indian government as per the protocol as she was to receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the country’s top sports accolade, in New Delhi on Saturday.

The wrestler was also named as one of the five sports personalities who will receive the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award this year.

The 26-year-old, who is the only Indian woman wrestler to have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, will skip Saturday’s virtual ceremony for the National Sports Awards distribution.

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 personal 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 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.

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