Wrestler Vinesh Phogat tests positive for coronavirus1 min read . Updated: 28 Aug 2020, 09:01 PM IST
- Phogat is selected for this year's Khel Ratna award
- The 26-year-old will skip Saturday's virtual ceremony for the National Sports Awards distribution
NEW DELHI : India's top woman wrestler Vinesh Phogat on Friday said she has tested positive for COVID-19.
Selected for this year's Khel Ratna award, the Asian and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, had been training at her village in Sonepat with coach Om Prakash.
"Yes, I have tested positive for COVID-19 when my sample was taken in Sonepat before the dress rehearsal for the awards ceremony," Vinesh told PTI.
"I will recover soon, God willing. I am in isolation at home," she added.
The 26-year-old will skip Saturday's virtual ceremony for the National Sports Awards distribution.
She is one among five athletes chosen for the country's highest sporting honour this year.
Vinesh was one of the first wrestlers to raise concerns about health safety when the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) planned to resume the national camp in Lucknow from September 1.
With her personal coach Woller Akos communicating the training plans every week, she had been trying to implement them by training with Om Prakash, a very senior and trusted coach.
She had asked for exemption from the camp and after that Divya Kakran and Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik had also expressed apprehensions.