COVID-19 testing of players, official mandatory every 72 hours

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On average, 500 tests are performed and same-day reports are generated by the ICMR Regional Medical Research Center (RMRC), Bhubaneswar

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Bhubaneswar: Players and officials who travel to the state capital for the upcoming World Cup of Junior Men’s Hockey are subjected to RT-PCR testing every 72 hours, a senior sports department official said on Saturday.

On average, 500 tests are performed and same-day reports are generated by the ICMR Regional Medical Research Center (RMRC), Bhubaneswar.

“Every 72 hours, every person including players, officials, hotel staff and associates involved in the event is retested,” said R Vineel Krishna, secretary of the sports and sports department. Odisha youth.

The tournament is to be held here from November 24 to December 5.

Stating that the state administration was doing everything possible to prepare for the smooth running of the games, Krishna said: “We are working to make this international sporting event safe, secure and memorable for the junior hockey players who have come here. with big dreams. “

Given the myriad of challenges posed by the COVID-19[female[feminine pandemic, those responsible for the event led by the organizing committee attempted to put in place a flawless testing and tracking system for an incident-free event, he said.

He said designated officials from the department personally oversee the entire operation while making sure no one misses the 72-hour cycle, he said, adding that testing, tracking and matching records are difficult.

“We will ensure that this process is implemented smoothly in accordance with training and match schedules and on convenience. It should not be an overwhelming experience for the players,” said the sports secretary.

Testing intensified from November 15, when international teams started arriving.

A unit of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) as well as another of the Capital Hospital are stationed for the collection of samples, in various hotels where the players are accommodated.

A total of 12 units have been deployed. After arriving at the airport, players are taken to their respective hotels where the test team with the PPE kit tests each arriving player and official.

Apart from that, there are also countermeasures in place in the event of a reported incident. Bhubaneswar was among the first city to be 100% vaccinated, so there is some relief there, he said.

Several teams, including India, Germany, Poland, Belgium, the United States, Canada, South Africa and the Netherlands, have already arrived in Bhubaneswar ahead of the tournament, and few others will arrive in the coming days, he said.

This is the third time that India has hosted the prestigious tournament, which took place in New Delhi in 2013 and Lucknow in 2016.

In total, sixteen nations will participate in the event. India, host country and defending champion, is grouped together in Pool B with Canada, France and Poland.

The other teams in contention are Belgium, Malaysia, South Africa and Chile in Pool A; The Netherlands, Spain, Korea and the United States are in Pool C, while Germany, Argentina, Pakistan and Egypt are in Pool D.

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