Shimla, Jan 8
The shadow of the third wave of COVID-19 has even loomed the National women Ice hockey camp being organized at Kaza in Lahaul & Spiti district of the State. Though the Ice hockey camp continues unabated, but reports arriving here that two participants of the camp were found positive for the virus. However, here in this case, the administration did a remarkable job by nipping the evil in the bud. Wisely they conducted Rapid Covid tests on arrival of the participants thus avoiding a widespread infection among other participants.
Winter Sports play an important role in the development of an individual especially people belonging to the hills where there is a very limited scope of development. It is a matter of great pride and honor for Himachal to host National Level Women’s Ice Hockey Championship this year at Kaza. “Often when we think about Ice Hockey, the mindset gets limited to males; we consider it as a male-dominated game. However, this time we wanted to open a new avenue for females. It is unfortunate that participants were found positive but, the best part is they did not mingle with the others. Following strict Covid protocol, we are ensuring that each participant or any other person coming to be part of the National camp is first directly sent to the hospital for a Corona test”, informed ADM Kaza Mohan Dutt Sharma. We have also made sure that participants are strictly going to the Ice hockey rink and coming back to their rooms” he added further.
Talking about it, Rajat Malhotra of Ice Hockey association of India informed, “Two people were tested positive during the Kaza National Ice Hockey Camp and were immediately quarantined. One boy has returned home and is in home isolation, he added. Other people who were their primary contacts too, have been quarantined separately. “These contacts have been tested and their reports are found negative,” informed Malhotra.
One of the positive person is also associated with Shimla Ice Skating Rink so in the context, he informed, “As far as the Simla Ice Skating sessions is concerned we will decide after meeting with DC. Considering the Covid guidelines there is a possibility that the skating session is divided into two slots of an hour each.”