World No. 1 men’s 10m air rifle shooter Divyansh Singh Panwar tests positive for COVID-19

Shooter Divyansh Singh Panwar's condition is being monitored and all requisite support is being extended by SAI and NSF.

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Divyansh Singh Panwar
Divyansh Singh Panwar

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Wednesday informed that the World Number 1 Men’s 10m Air Rifle shooter Divyansh Singh Panwar has tested positive for the COVID-19. 

The SAI said that he is currently asymptomatic and is getting treatment under home quarantine. He has already earned an Olympic quota for India ahead of the upcoming mega-event in Tokyo 2021. Panwar is also a member of the ongoing national camp at Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range here in New Delhi.

“The shooters and support staff were on a one week Diwali break and reported to the camp on November 18. All campers were on a seven-day quarantine upon joining the camp, as per the Standard Operating Procedures set up by the Sports Authority of India” said the SAI.

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“Upon all athletes being tested on the sixth day of the quarantine, Panwar tested positive.”

“His condition is being monitored and all requisite support is being extended by SAI and NSF,” the statement added.

No affect on the ongoing national camp: SAI

Sports Authority of India

A shooter training at the national Capital’s Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range has tested positive for COVID-19. But the SAI affirmed that it would not hamper the ongoing national camp. However, the apex body refrained from naming the athlete.

The SAI had approved a two-month-long coaching camp from October 15 to December 14 for the Olympic shooters’ core group. It comprises 32 shooters (18 men and 14 women), eight coaches, three foreign coaches and two support staff.

All 15 Olympic quota winners are part of the ongoing camp, taking place at a total cost of Rs 1.43 crore. Before this, the shooters had been practising at their home ranges amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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