Indian football: Syed Shahid Hakim undergoing treatment for COVID-19

The 81-year-old Olympian tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is recovering at a hotel under the care of his personal doctor.

Syed Shahid Hakim fell ill after visiting Gulbarga in Karnataka.   -  V. V. Subrahmanyam

Former football Olympian, S. S. Hakim, tested COVID-19 positive last Monday and is getting treated in isolation at a private centre here.

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The 81-year-old Hakim, who represented India in the 1960 Olympics and is the son of the legendary football coach S.A. Rahim, informed Sportstar that he first developed viral fever a few days ago for which he got treated.

“Then, after getting treatment for antivirus, I developed respiratory problems. After that, I had to move from one hospital to the other and even spent one night at Osmania General Hospital,” he said.

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“Now, I am in quarantine at a hotel in the City and is being attended to by my personal doctor. I am relatively much better off today and the doctors also felt that I should be okay and be able to stand up in a couple of days. Just praying to God that I come out of this,” Hakim said.

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