Several pugilists among 26 athletes who tested COVID-19 positive at NIS Patiala

The Sports Authority of India has said that 26 athletes have tested positive foe COVID-19 at the NIS in Patiala. All Olympic-bound athletes have tested negative.

C.A. Kuttappa (L), the Indian men's boxing coach, is among the 26 who tested positive for coronavirus, Sports Authority of India confirmed (File Photo).   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Ten members of the boxing discipline have tested positive for COVID-19 at the National camp in Patiala.

Boxers Abhishek Yadav, Ankit Kumar, Sanjeet, Naveen Boora, Sachin Kumar,  Naveen Kumar,  Deepak Kumar, Manjeet Singh, Narender and head coach C.A. Kuttappa have tested positive, as per an isolation list seen by Sportstar.

Deepak, Manjeet and Narender have been hospitalised after showing symptoms, said a source.

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Neither team doctor Karanjeet Singh nor any Boxing Federation of India (BFI) official could be reached for further details.

Without naming any athlete, a Sports Authority of India (SAI) release on Wednesday said that 26 of 313 have returned positive results at the NIS Patiala campus. Four of 428 tested at the National Centre for Excellence in Bengaluru were positive.

All Olympic-bound athletes have tested negative, said the statement.

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