Former hockey player and coach of India MK Kaushik has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been admitted to a nursing home here.
The level of oxygen saturation of the 66-year-old, a member of the Indian team that won a gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, continues to vary, according to his family.
“He suffers from COVID-19 and is hospitalized in a city nursing home here,” his son Ehsan told PTI.
“He first developed symptoms on April 17, but RTPCR and RAT tests were negative. Then we did his CT scan of the chest on April 24 and pneumonia was found due to Covid.
“Since then, he has been hospitalized and his condition is between, neither stable nor serious. Oxygen levels have dropped dramatically at night, which is a major problem,” he added.
Kaushik’s wife is also being treated at the same hospital after contracting the virus, but she is recovering well and is likely to be discharged this week.
“My mother has recovered now and she should be discharged within 2-3 days,” Ehsan said.
Kaushik has coached both men’s and women’s teams. Under his coach, the Indian men’s team won its last major international tournament, the 1998 Asian Games, Bangkok.
The Indian women’s team also won a bronze medal at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha under his coach.
He was awarded the Arjuna Prize in 1998, before being awarded the Dronacharya Prize in 2002.
India is battling a devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which kills more than 3,000 people every day.