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At the Sports Authority of India (Sai) ‘s Bhopal center, 24 players and 12 support staff members have been found positive in the Kovid-19 investigation but none of them are athletes who qualify for the Olympics. According to Sai, on April 3 and 6, as a precautionary inquiry was conducted in two rounds, after which these cases came to light.

There is no potential player trying to qualify for the Olympics at the Sai Bhopal Center. “Two rounds of investigation were conducted in which a total of 36 cases turned out to be Kovid-19 positive, out of which 24 are athletes and the other 12 are staff of the National Center of Excellence,” a Sai official said.

He said, ‘None of the Kovid-19 positive players are athletes who qualify for the Olympics. Some athletes found positive have returned from Wushu and some from judo competition. Players who come positive to prevent virus infection have been shifted to the hospital as a precautionary measure. “No player is serious,” said the source.

Sai has directed all the centers to strictly follow the existing standard operating procedure with emphasis on regular precautionary tests. On March 31, 30 players and support staff Kovid-19 positives came in 741 precautionary tests conducted at the National Centers of Excellence in Patiala and Bengaluru. However, neither player was part of the Olympic going squad at both centers.

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