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Anshu Malik, Olympian, withdraws from Polish Open and tests for COVID-19

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Olympic young Indian wrestler Anshu Malik withdrew from the Polish Open on Friday after catching a fever and will be in isolation as a precautionary measure until he receives the protocol from his COVID-19 test.

It turned out that when the reigning Asian champion Anshu reported for weighing in the category up to 57 kg on Friday morning, she had a fever and was offered to withdraw from the race.

“Anshu did not want to miss the race, but as a precaution, she was isolated and given a sample to confirm whether she was infected with the coronavirus or not,” a source from the Indian camp told PTI.

“It doesn’t look like COVID-19 because it’s in good shape after landing in Warsaw. But those are the moments when you can’t take risks, so it’s being tested,” the source added.

Anshu’s parents contracted the virus last month, and while they are recovering, she and her younger brother are staying at a hotel in Rohtak. She had not returned home until they had recovered.

Anshu, 19, qualified for the Tokyo Games through the Asian Olympic qualifiers in Almaty in April this year. Anshu is now the second Indian to retire from the last race in the standings before the Tokyo Olympics.

Deepak Punia withdrew from the men’s 86kg race due to an elbow injury. So far, India has won a silver medal with Tokyo-linked Ravi Dahia in the men’s 61kg freestyle race. Vinesh Phogat will compete in the 53kg category later on Friday.

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