Seven members of the Indian women’s hockey team, including captain Rani Rampal, and two support staff members underwent COVID-19 on Monday ahead of a training camp at the Indian Sports Administration Center (SAI) in Bengaluru.
All players and support staff are asymptomatic and placed under observation at the SAI center.
“They were tested on April 24, after quarantine after returning from their hometowns to their training base at SAI Bengaluru, according to established protocol,” the SAI said in a statement.
Apart from Rampal, the others infected are Savita Punia, Sharmila Devi, Rajani, Navjot Kaur, Navneet Kaur and Sushila. The two support staff members who tested positive were video analyst Amrutaprakash and scientific advisor Wayne Lombard.
The main group of Indian women in hockey returned to the national camp in Bengaluru last Sunday to resume preparations for the Tokyo Olympics after a 10-day break.
The 25-member core Olympic team underwent mandatory quarantine before training began. In January, the team toured Argentina, where they played seven games.
The country drew two games against the youth team of the host country, lost the next two to Argentina B and then suffered defeats in both games against world number two.
On the tour in Germany in February-March, the Indian women’s team lost all four matches against the hosts of world number three.