A 16-member Indian judo team has been forced to withdraw from the ongoing Olympic qualifiers for Asia and Oceania in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, after a player tested positive for coronavirus just before the start of the tournament.
The judoka test is positive after landing in Kyrgyzstan.
“Yes, one player from the team proved positive when landing in Bishkek just before the official weigh-in on April 5, forcing the entire team to withdraw as instructed by the International Judo Federation,” a source in the Judo Federation (JFI) told PTI. .
“The team consisted of 12 judokas and four coaches.”
The Asia and Oceania Championships in Bishkek started on Tuesday and will end on Saturday.
Prominent judokas in the team included Shushila Devi (48 kg) for women, Jaslin Singh Saini (66 kg), Tulika Man (78 kg) and Avtar Singh (100 kg) for men. All four are in the race for a continental quota.
“The entire contingent has been in isolation for 14 days in Bishkek now,” the source said.
He blamed the JFI’s mismanagement for the fiasco, saying the federation was threatening the country’s chances by allowing the entire contingent to travel together.
“The whole team, including four coaches, traveled together to Bishkek, which could have been avoided. Since the whole team traveled together and one player came out positive on arrival, it paid off for other players’ hopes. This could have been avoided.”