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Eight Members of Indian Boxing Team Test Positive for Covid-19 in Istanbul

The eight members quarantined include three pugilists -- Gaurav Solanki (57kg), Prayag Chouhan (75kg) and Brijesh Yadav (81kg) -- coaches Dharmendra Yadav and Santosh Birmole along with three support staff.
Indian boxer Gaurav Solanki

Gaurav Solanki (left) in action at the Bosphorus Tournament in Turkey. Solanki, who won bronze in the 57kg category, is in isolation as per reports after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Eight members of an Indian boxing squad, including three pugilists, have tested positive for the coronavirus during the Bosphorus Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey. The squad members have been quarantined in the Turkish capital, awaiting negative Covid-19 test results to board a flight back to India.

Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Gaurav Solanki (57kg), Prayag Chouhan (75kg) and Brijesh Yadav (81kg) tested positive for the virus a week back. They were quarantined following the tournament which ended on March 19.

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Later, coaches Dharmendra Yadav and Santosh Birmole, physiotherapists Shikha Kedia and Dr. Umesh and video analyst Nitin Kumar were put into isolation after testing positive as per a report by the PTI, quoting a team source. 

Solanki had claimed bronze in the tournament among men while Nikhat Zareen (51kg) won a bronze in the women’s segment to complete India’s medal haul. The others who travelled for the tournament were Lalith Prasad (52kg), Shiva Thapa (63kg), Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg), Naman Tanwar (91kg) and Krishnan Sharma ( 91kg) in the men’s segment and Sonia Lather (57kg), Parveen (60kg), Jyoti Grewal (69kg) and Pooja Saini (75kg) in the women’s.

(With inputs from PTI)

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