NEW DELHI: Double PV Olympic medalist Sindhu had a Covid-19 scare on her arrival in Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games (CWG), when her RT-PCR test results showed some discrepancies, leading authorities to force her into self-isolation for a some time, reliably learned YOU.
An impressive 10-member badminton contingent had left for Birmingham in the early hours of July 25 from Hyderabad. According to sources in Birmingham, some “invariability” was detected in Sindhu’s RTPCR test when she arrived in the Games city and she was put under observation.
The Gold Coast CWG silver medalist has been asked to self-isolate from other contingent members until her second test result comes in. To everyone’s relief, the result came back negative and Sindhu was allowed to check in at the games village tuesday. During this period of uncertainty, the Indian Head of Mission’s office in Birmingham was in constant contact with the authorities to resolve the issue.
According to the rules, athletes will have to undergo an RT-PCR test for Covid-19, 72 hours before arriving in the UK. There will be another round of testing when they arrive in Birmingham.
Sources said it was because of Sindhu’s Covid-19 scare that the announcement of the name of India’s flag bearer was delayed by the Indian Olympic Association (IAO).
The choice was between Sindhu and Tokyo Olympics bronze medal Lovlina Borgohainbut Sindhu was later announced as the standard bearer.
The AIO had on Tuesday issued an advisory that India’s strong 321-member contingent should not spend much time in public places in Birmingham due to the Covid-19 threat.
“Players have been instructed to keep interactions with the public to a minimum and to take safety precautions where necessary,” it read. The notice was issued in the context of Sindhu’s case.
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