Vikas Krishan. (Picture by Chris Hyde/Getty Photos)
NEW DELHI: Three boxers, together with Commonwealth and Asian Video games gold medal winner Vikas Krishan, are dealing with a Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) investigation for allegedly violating COVID-19 quarantine norms by mingling with fellow athletes on the Nationwide Institute of Sports activities (NIS) in Patiala throughout their isolation interval.
“We are investigating the matter. We will take action against erring players and officials after quick investigation,” SAI mentioned in a press release with out naming the athletes concerned.
Nevertheless, a supply mentioned that the alleged violators embrace CWG and Asiad gold-medallist Vikas Krishan, skilled boxer Neeraj Goyat and Asian Video games bronze-winner Satish Kumar. Of those, Vikas (69kg) and Satish (+91kg) are Olympic-bound.
“Me and Vikas did not enter the mess. We entered the campus with due permission of NIS Executive Director Raj Singh Bishnoi after our COVID-19 test results came negative. We were told to stay put in our rooms and that’s what we did,” Goyat mentioned.
“Only Satish went to the mess once because he was unaware of the protocol and from what we gather, some weightlifting and athletics guys complained about it. His test report is also negative,” he added.
The boxing camp is because of start within the subsequent couple of weeks for simply the Olympic-bound.
Seven different boxers, who’ve certified for the Tokyo Video games, are at present in quarantine and have undergone COVID-19 checks, the experiences for that are nonetheless awaited.
“Me, Satish and Vikas came here on July 1 itself and got ourselves tested early. That is why we were allowed to enter the hostel but were told to stay isolated and we have followed that directive,” Goyat mentioned.
The SAI additionally acknowledged that the alleged violators have been allowed into the campus after their check experiences got here out destructive.
“…our new guidelines require quarantine for 7 days. On the 6th day, the tests are conducted and on negative report, athletes will be allowed to mix with other quarantined athletes,” the SAI mentioned.
“Apparently, few athletes who reported late were staying separately from already quarantined athletes, for prevention of any infection, in the hostel inside the campus, which was isolated from other hostel, were the athletes were housed,” it added.
“However, they were also tested and post negative results were allowed in the hostel in the campus and after due undertaking that they would follow the due quarantine process. Despite the undertaking, they allegedly mixed with the other athletes/Coach in the campus.”
The SAI has restarted numerous camps with strict Commonplace Working Procedures (SOPs) to make sure that there isn’t a danger of an infection.
The boxers, after they restart coaching, is not going to be allowed to entry the ring, spar or use one another’s gear as half of the protection protocol. The BFI obtained permission to restart the camp after ready for over a month.