About 24 athletes and 12 support staff members tested positive for coronavirus at the Bhopal Sports Inspection Center (SAI) in India, but none of the athletes were tied to the Olympics.
According to the SAI, the positive cases occurred during two rounds of precautionary tests on April 3rd and 6th. The Bhopal SAI Center does not have any possible Olympic Games.
“During the two rounds of testing, a total of 36 people tested positive for Covid, 24 of whom were athletes and the remaining 12 who were NCOE (National Center of Excellence) staff,” a SAI official told PTI at request for tests.
“None of the athletes who took the tests were tied to the Olympics. Some of the athletes who took the tests returned from wushu and judo competitions.”
To limit the spread of the virus, athletes who tested positive were transferred to a hospital as a precaution.
“None of the athletes are critical.” The SAI further instructed all NCOEs to adhere strictly to existing standard operating procedures (SOPs), emphasizing regular safety testing.
On March 31, it was found that 30 athletes and support staff in various disciplines tested positive for COVID-19 after 741 precautionary tests were conducted at the National Centers of Excellence in Patiala and Bengaluru. However, the positive results in both centers do not include any athletes associated with the Olympic Games in Tokyo.