Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Olympic-bound Priyanka, Asiad champion Johnson test Covid +ve


NEW DELHI: Five track-andfield athletes, including Tokyo Olympics-bound 20km race walker Priyanka Goswami, and a member of the support staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Sports Authority of India's Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru.

Asian Games 1500m goldmedall­ist Jinson Johnson and steeplecha­ser Chinta Yadav are among the five athletes who have been infected along with race walk coach Alexander Atsybashev.

Another Tokyo Gamesbound race walker K T Irfan has returned negative after he was tested as a primary contact of Johnson.

"My test result which came on Monday was positive and I am currently in quarantine in my room. I have fever, not very high, and headache also," Johnson

told PTI from Bengaluru.

"Otherwise, I have no major problems. I will have another test in three days and I hope to have a negative result. K T Irfan was also tested as he was my primary contact but his result was negative."

A source in the SAI Centre said that Goswami, Yadav and two more athletes were also COVID-19 positive, apart from Johnson.

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