National training camp of the Indian national hockey team will go as per schedule, despite half a dozen players have been tested corona positive. The list of 6 players includes the Indian team skipper Manpreet Singh. Both the men’s and women’s teams will resume training at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) South Centre in Bengaluru.
The Sports Authority of India on Wednesday said in a statement, “The Indian men’s and Indian women’s hockey teams are scheduled to resume sports activities from, Wednesday 19th August 2020, following the completion of their 14-day quarantine period.”
The camp of the male hockey team was uncertain as 6 players were tested corona positive. “After giving the utmost priority to the safety and well-being of all the athletes, it has been decided that the sporting activities will be resumed at SAI’s National Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru, as scheduled earlier,” stated SAI.
The captain Manpreet Singh, striker Mandeep Singh, defenders Surender Kumar, Jaskaran Singh, drag-flicker Varun Kumar and goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak who tested positive in the latest corona report have been hospitalized after testing positive.
Indian men’s hockey team chief coach Graham Reid said, “It is good to know that everyone is eager while making sure their health and wellbeing is our collective priority.”
He added, “They are in good spirits, and are looking forward to a quick recovery. Once recovered and after following the protocol of quarantine, we look forward to having them back with us. I say it on behalf of the whole squad that we are very happy to be back at the national camp and resuming sports activities by following all the protocols. We look forward to working hard on the team’s fitness in this protected environment.”