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COVID-19: Mary Kom returns from Italy, breaks quarantine rule

COVID-19: Mary Kom returns from Italy, breaks quarantine rule
Indian ace boxer and Rajya Sabha MP Mary Kom

New Delhi: Amid panic over coronavirus ace boxer and Rajya Sabha MP Mary Kom broke the 14-day quarantine protocol which has been put in place by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the governments across the world.

Mary Kom, who had competed in the Asia-Oceania Olympic qualifiers in Amman, Jordan, had returned home on 13 March and was supposed to be in self-isolation for a minimum of 14 days.

Before the tournament in Jordan, Mary along with the entire Indian boxing contingent had been training in Italy for a few weeks. They landed in Amman on 28 Feb 2020.

In one of the four pictures tweeted by the official Twitter handle of the President of India, Mary Kom can be seen with other Member of Parliaments. “President Kovind hosted Members of Parliament from Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan for breakfast at Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning,” reads the caption of the photos.

On the same day that Mary attended the breakfast, BJP lawmaker Dushyant Singh, who came in contact with infected Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor, is also seen to be present at the President’s House. Singh is now in self-quarantine.

Boxing coach Santiago Nieva had on Friday told IANS that the members of the Indian boxing contingent, who participated in Jordan, are all under the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

“10 days we had planned but now it becomes 14 days. So after 10 days, I am working on a training program which I will send them. After this period they can start on that. If this is not solved within two weeks then we will have to continue like this as best as we can,” Nieva had said.

Mary Kom has also admitted that she attended the President’s event. In a statement, she said: “I am home since I came back from Jordan. I only attended the President’s event and did not meet Dushyant or shake hands with(him). My quarantine after Jordan ends but I’m going to be at home only for the next 3-4 days.”

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