Five Real Kashmir FC players test positive for Covid, I-league hit by outbreak

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Multiple COVID-19 cases were reported among participating teams in the ongoing I-league tournament, staying and competing inside bio-bubbles.

It has been learnt that more than 10 people, including at least seven players, have tested positive for the virus after tests conducted on Tuesday, Press Trust of India reported.

Five players from Real Kashmir FC and at least one each from Mohammedan Sporting and debutants Sreenidi Deccan FC were among those who returned positive results.

“Five players and three officials from Real Kashmir and at least one player each from Mohammedan Sporting and Sreenidi Deccan FC are among those positive cases,” a top league source told PTI.

The outbreak happened at the Novotel Hotel, one of the three bio-bubbles, set up by the organisers for the football League that began on Sunday.

Besides RKFC, Sreenidi Deccan and Mohammedan Sporting, the three other teams staying at the Novotel Hotel are Rajasthan United, Aizawl FC and NEROCA.

An emergency meeting of the League Committee has been called to take a decision on the continuation or suspension of the league.

“We are having an emergency meeting of the League committee at 4pm to decide on future course of action. The safety of players and officials is paramount,” I-League CEO Sunando Dhar said.

Dhar did not divulge the exact number of positive cases.

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