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Manager of India’s Winter Olympic contingent found COVID-free in retests

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Beijing: A day after testing positive for COVID-19, the manager of India’s Winter Olympics contingent, Mohammad Abbas Wani, has returned negative results in two retests conducted in the last 24 hours, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) said on Thursday.

Wani was found COVID-19 positive upon his arrival at the Beijing Airport here on Wednesday. IOA president Narinder Batra said the official has now returned negative in the last two tests.

“The manager of the Indian team Mr Abbas Wani tested negative in the 2 tests done on him in the last 24 hours. Hence, the entire Indian contingent in Beijing is Covid free,” Batra said.

“Thank you Mr Harjinder Singh (Chef de Mission), the Indian Embassy in China and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for taking care of everyone.”

Wani is a part of the six-member Indian delegation at the Winter Olympics where Jammu and Kashmir skier Arif Khan is the only athlete from the country to have qualified this time.

Arif will be competing in Slalom and Giant Slalom events during the Games to be held from February 4 to 20.

The contingent also includes alpine coach Rudar Chand Thakur, technician Puran Chand and team official Roop Chand Negi.

An asymptomatic Wani stayed in quarantine in his hotel room before the retests confirmed that he is not infected.

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