Para athlete Vinod Kumar tests COVID positive, shifted to Bengaluru hospital

Vinod won bronze at the Fazza World Para Athletics Grand Prix that was held in Dubai recently.

Vinod won bronze at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix recently -OGQ

Indian para-athlete Vinod Kumar tested positive for COVID-19 and has been shifted to a hospital in Bengaluru as a precautionary measure, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said on Saturday.

"Vinod was amongst a group of 4 Para-Athletics National campers (3 athletes and 1 support staff) who had reported to the SAI Bengaluru training base on February 23 and 24 and went into seven-day quarantine upon arrival.

"As prescribed in Standard Operating Procedures established by SAI, an RT-PCR test was taken on the sixth day," a SAI statement read.

"It was after completing this quarantine period that Vinod was tested again and he came COVID positive," the SAI said.

Para high jumper Nishad Kumar, also based in SAI Bengaluru, had earlier tested positive for Covid-19, forcing other athletes who were in his contact to go into a seven-day quarantine period.

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"Vinod has been moved to SS Sparsh Multispeciality hospital as a precautionary measure for further treatment and monitoring. Nishad Kumar, on the other hand, has been discharged from the hospital and been advised 7 days of quarantine."

Vinod is a Tokyo Paralympic quota holder in the men's F52 discus throw event. He was a bronze medallist at the Fazza World Para Athletics Grand Prix that was held in Dubai recently.