May 9, 2021

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Indian Women’s Hockey Captain Rani and six other players who tested positive for COVID-19

Seven members of the Indian women’s hockey team, including Captain Rani Rampal, and two support staff tested positive on Monday with the COVID-19 virus prior to a training camp at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Center in Bengaluru.

All players and support personnel are asymptomatic and have been placed under observation in the device hub.

“They were tested on April 24, after quarantine after returning from their home cities to their training base in SAI Bengaluru, in accordance with the stipulated protocol,” the device said in a statement.

Besides Rampal, other people affected are Savita Bunia, Sharmila Devi, Rajani, Navgot Kaur, Navit Kaur and Sushila.

Support staff who have tested positive for the virus are Amrutabrakash video analyst and science advisor Wayne Lombard.

The Indian women’s hockey core group returned to the national camp in Bengaluru last Sunday to resume preparations for the Tokyo Olympics after a 10-day break.

The 25-member Olympic Core Group went into mandatory quarantine before training began.

In January, the team toured Argentina, playing seven matches.

The team tied in two matches against the youth team in the host country, lost the next two matches against Argentina B, and then suffered defeats in the two matches against the first team in the world.

On the Germany tour in February and March, the Indian women’s team lost all four games against the world-ranked third-ranked home.