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Boxer Sarita Devi tests positive for COVID-19

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Laxmi Negi
Last updated on: August 17, 2020 22:18 IST
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Sarita Devi

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Former world champion boxer L Sarita Devi, on Monday, tested positive for COVID-19 along with her husband Thoiba Singh but both of them are asymptomatic.

The couple is based in Imphal.


"Sarita and I have tested positive. We are right now moving to a COVID-19 care facility in Imphal. Both of us have no symptoms at all," Thoiba said over phone.

"I have no idea how this infection caught us. I think we were taking all precautions. But hopefully, it is going to be all right. We will recover soon. I am just relieved that Tomthin has tested negative," he added.

Sarita is one of the longest serving and among the most decorated women boxers of the country.

She became a world champion in the 2006 edition and added two bronze medals in the later editions. She is also a Commonwealth Games silver-medallist besides being a national medallist.

A gritty boxer, but Sarita has been out of reckoning in the 60kg category for a while now. Most recently, she lost in the trials for the Olympic qualifying event in Jordan in March earlier this year.

"She is going through a tough time but we will fight on and bounce back stronger," Thoiba said.

The feisty pugulist has also endured her fair share of controversies.

In the 2014 Asian Games, she created quite a stir by refusing to accept her bronze medal after a controversial loss to host Korea's Park Ji-Na.

She was banned for a year for the tearful protest at the podium during which she handed her medal to Park, the eventual silver-winner. 

The 38-year-old is the second boxer to test positive for the virus after the legendary Dingko Singh.

Dingko, an Asian Games gold-medallist, had recovered from the infection after enduring month-long hospitalisation.

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