COVID-19 Crisis in Football

Nat’l footballers give samples for test

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:57, Aug 10,2020


A member of the Bangladesh national football team gives sample for COVID-19 test at the Sarah Resort in Gazipur on Monday. — BFF photo

A total of 30 footballers of the Bangladesh national team camp and other stuff on Monday gave samples to two medical institutes for their COVID-19 tests ahead of their training camp for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 joint qualifiers, starting on August 22.

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh and Praava Health medical teams separately collected samples from the national team’s camp at the Sarah Resort in Gazipur.

The BFF is expected to get the test results on Wednesday or Thursday.  

Among the 31 players who reported to the camp out of the selected 36, Abahani Limited forward Nabib Newaz Jibon was the only one not to give his sample for retesting.

Jibon, who is currently staying at his village home in Bogura, was found positive earlier and apparently was sick with symptoms, said a BFF official. 

The primary phase of the national team training camp was scheduled to begin on August 7 but it came to a halt when 18 out of the first 24 players who reported to BFF were found to be carrying the deadly virus.

Baffled by the rampant COVID-19 detections among footballers, the BFF national team committee on August 8 decided to retest all the players and staff irrespective of their previous COVID-19 test results.

The BFF national team committee also decided only the players who are found negative in both tests would be allowed to join the national team camp.

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