Odisha CM expresses concern as 7 players of Indian women’s hockey team test Covid +ve

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: As soon as the news on seven members of the Indian women’s hockey team being tested Covid positive broke out, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his concerns and wished speedy recovery of the players.

In a tweet, Patnaik wrote, “Concerned to know that 7 members of Indian women’s hockey team including captain @imranirampal and 2 support staff tested positive for #COVID19. Wishing them speedy recovery and praying for their good health.”

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) said the Indian women’s Hockey team Captain Rani Rampal and six other members and two support staff have been tested positive for Covid-19.

“Seven members of the Indian women’s hockey team and two support staff have tested positive for Covid-19. They were tested on April 24, post quarantine after their return from their respective hometowns to their training base at SAI Bengaluru, as per the laid down protocol,” said SAI in a statement.

“The seven players who have tested positive are Rani Rampal, Savita Punia, Sharmila Devi, Rajani, Navjot Kaur, Navneet Kaur and Sushila,” it further said.

Video analyst Amrutaprakash and scientific advisor Wayne Lombard have also tested positive.

All the players and support staff are asymptomatic and have been isolated and kept under observation at the SAI NCOE Bangalore.

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