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Cook at SAI centre dies of cardiac arrest, tests positive for coronavirus

Cook at SAI centre dies of cardiac arrest, tests positive for coronavirus

BENGALURU: The Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Bengaluru confirmed a cook at their facility died of cardiac arrest and tested positive for coronavirus after his death.

“He was in the administrative block and that’s separate from the residential block where the players stay,” an SAI official said.

The SAI official added that the process of sanitizing the facility may take up to five days.

“The question of moving out the teams from Bengaluru doesn’t arise because it’s the best facility in the country,” said Hockey India CEO Elena Norman.

Further, Elena Norman said that even if they consider such a move, it is practically impossible because of the nationwide lockdown.

The SAI official rejected reports that the deceased cook attended a meeting involving the players inside the SAI campus last Friday.

“He was staying outside the campus for the past 65 days,” said the official.

Badminton coach Ganguli Prasad recalled the 55-year-old cook as an earnest worker and a soft-spoken man.

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