Indian judo crew withdraws from Olympic qualifiers after two gamers take a look at COVID-19 optimistic | Extra sports activities Information

NEW DELHI: A 15-member Indian judo crew was compelled to withdraw from the continued Asia-Oceania Olympic qualifiers in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan after two judokas — Ajay Yadav and Ritu — examined optimistic for COVID-19 simply earlier than the beginning of the match.
Yadav, a 73kg class judoka, and Ritu (52kg) examined optimistic within the second take a look at performed after touchdown in Kyrgyzstan and each are asymptomatic. It turned the primary occasion of an Indian contingent’s marketing campaign being derailed at an Olympic qualifier due to the dreaded virus.
All of the 15 judokas and 4 coaches had returned adverse within the first take a look at performed after touchdown within the central Asian nation. The complete 19-member contingent is at the moment in quarantine at a lodge in Bishkek.
“After touchdown in Kyrgyzstan on April 4, there was a take a look at achieved and all of us returned adverse. However within the second take a look at on April 5 simply earlier than the beginning of the match, Ajay and Ritu returned optimistic,” crew coach Jiwan Sharma informed PTI from Bishkek.
“Ajay and Ritu are asymptomatic and they’re self isolating of their respective rooms. They’re in excessive spirits and we’ve got been speaking and giving encouragement to them by the telephone,” he stated.
The Asia-Oceania Championships in Bishkek began on Tuesday and can finish on Saturday.
Below the match guidelines, if any participant checks optimistic, the whole crew must pull out.
Outstanding judokas within the crew included Shushila Devi (girls’s 48kg), Jasleen Singh Saini (males’s 66kg), Tulika Mann (girls’s 78kg) and Avtar Singh (males’s 100kg).
All of the 4 have been within the race for one continental quota place.
The Sports activities Authority of India (SAI), in a press release, stated that each the judokas who examined optimistic for COVID-19 “do not have main signs and have been quarantined in a secure facility”.
“The judokas underwent 4 rounds of testing between March 30 and April 5 — two earlier than leaving (India) and one after touchdown in Bishkek and one a day earlier than the competitors.
“It was through the fourth take a look at earlier than the competitors that the 2 have been discovered COVID optimistic,” the SAI stated.
“The gamers are secure in a lodge with their every day necessities being sorted by the cash allotted to them as every day allowance for the competitors.”
The remainder of the contingent can be in quarantine on the similar lodge in Bishkek and the crew administration is looking for help from the Indian Embassy there.
“We’re speaking to the Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) in addition to the Indian Embassy right here. We’re requesting that some members who examined adverse be allowed to return residence. Clearly, the 2 gamers must be sorted.
“We’ll know in a day or two.”
The SAI stated the sports activities ministry is in session with the Ministry of Exterior Affairs to deliver the gamers again residence safely.
Earlier, a supply within the Judo Federation of India (JFI) blamed the JFI for the fiasco, stating that the federation jeopardised the nation’s possibilities by permitting the whole contingent to journey collectively.
“The complete squad, together with 4 coaches, travelled collectively to Bishkek which might have been averted.
“For the reason that total crew travelled collectively and one participant got here out optimistic on arrival, it put paid to the hopes of others. This might have been averted.”
Sharma stated Indian judokas can have two extra tournaments to try to qualify for the Olympics.
“There may be one Grand Prix occasion in Russia in Could after which the World Championships in Hungary in June. We nonetheless have an opportunity,” he stated.
“However we’ve got just one quota place in all the load classes, whoever accumulates most factors will get the lone quota place.”

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