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CHANDIGARH: Arjuna awardee Rahul Aware (57kgs) has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, thus becoming the fourth male grappler after Deepak Punia, Navin and Krishan to have caught the virus.
Aware, who had reported to the ongoing senior men’s wrestling camp at SAI Sonipat on Friday was given the mandatory Covid-19 RTPCR test on arrival, where he tested positive.
“As per SAI’s protocol, Aware has now been shifted to a SAI empaneled hospital as a precautionary measure and for further monitoring,” the Sports Authority of India said in a statement.
“Aware has been in quarantine since his arrival at the camp and didn’t come in contact with any other athlete or staff members since his arrival,” the SAI added.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist was recently honoured with the prestigious Arjuna award by President Ram Nath Kovind on National Sports Day.
Earlier in the day, world championship silver-medallist wrestler Deepak Punia, who tested positive for Covid-19 upon his arrival at the national camp, has been discharged from hospital and advised home isolation. All the wrestlers assembled for the camp on September 1.
Last week, Asian and Commonwealth Games champion Vinesh Phogat, the only Indian woman wrestler to have qualified for Tokyo Olympics, tested positive ahead of the national sports awards ceremony last week, where she was to receive the Khel Ratna. She later tweeted that she has recovered and returned a negative test twice.



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