Shuttler N Sikki Reddy, physio Kiran C test positive for COVID-19 enforcing closure of Pullela Gopichand academy
Women's doubles specialist Sikki and Kiran, who have been attending the national camp at the academy, are both asymptomatic, according to a SAI statement
Shuttler N Sikki Reddy and physiotherapist Kiran C have tested positive for COVID-19 at the ongoing national camp, forcing the closure of the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad for sanitisation, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said on Thursday.
Women's doubles specialist Sikki and Kiran, who have been attending the national camp at the academy, are both asymptomatic, according to a SAI statement.
They had undergone the SAI's mandatory COVID-19 test for players, coaches and support staff before the start of training on August 7 at the facility.
"SAI's mandatory COVID test was given to all athletes, coaches, support staff and administrative staff at the badminton national camp, and two campers have tested positive for COVID-19 ," chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand said.
"All necessary precautions as per protocol are being taken so that players can come back for training safely and as soon as possible."
Both Sikki and Kiran are from Hyderabad and have been attending the camp from their homes.
The academy has been closed down for sanitisation and all primary contacts of Sikki and Kiran are undergoing the RT PCR test again.
The badminton camp was allowed by SAI for eight Olympic hopefuls, including Rio Games silver medallist and world champion PV Sindhu, following the approval from the Telangana government on 1 August.
Six Indian men's hockey team players, including skipper Manpreet Singh, had recently tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Bengaluru.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: PV Sindhu has improved on her defence, worked on motion skills, says India coach Park Tae-sang
Park also addded that Tai Tzu-ying would be Sindhu's biggest rival at the Olympics.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: PV Sindhu beats Cheung Ngan Yi to enter round of 16; Sai Praneeth ends campaign with a loss
The 26-year-old Indian, who had claimed a silver medal in the last edition in Rio, prevailed over World No 34 Cheung 21-9, 21-16 in a 35-minute match to top the group. This was Sindhu's sixth win over Cheung in as many meetings.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Fitness is Indian men's hockey team's biggest asset, can break medal drought, says Dhanraj Pillay
Unable to meet the team personally because of the strict COVID-19 protocols, Pillay has sent letter to Manpreet and women's skipper Rani Rampal, wishing both the teams good luck and success in Tokyo.