The judoka examined positive after touchdown in Kyrgyzstan.
“Yes, one player of the team tested positive upon landing in Bishkek just a before the official weighing on April 5, forcing the entire squad to withdraw as per the guidelines of International Judo Federation,” a supply within the Judo Federation of India (JFI) instructed PTI.
“The team comprised 12 judokas and four coaches.” Prominent judokas within the team included Shushila Devi (ladies’s 48kg), Jasleen Singh Saini (males’s 66kg), Tulika Mann (ladies’s 78kg) and Avtar Singh (males’s 100kg). All the 4 are within the race for one continental quota place. The Asia-Oceania Championships in Bishkek began on Tuesday and can finish on Saturday.
“The entire contingent is in isolation for 14 days in Bishkek now,” stated the supply.
He blamed the JFI mismanagement for the fiasco, stating that the federation jeopardised nation’s possibilities by permitting the complete contingent to journey collectively.
“The entire squad including four coaches travelled together for Bishkek, which could have been avoided. Since the entire team travelled together and one player came out positive on arrival, it put paid to the hopes of other players. This could have been avoided.”