Olympian Hakim tests positive for coronavirus

Huge honour
Syed Shahid Hakim receives the Dhyan Chand Award from President Ram Nath Kovind. File photo: PIB

New Delhi: Distinguished footballer and Dhyan Chand Awardee Syed Shahid Hakim has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently undergoing treatment at a quarantine centre in Hyderabad.

The 81-year-old Hakim, who was part of India's 1960 Rome Olympic squad, confirmed the development on Wednesday.

"Yes, I have tested positive for COVID-19 six days back and I am currently at a hotel in Hyderabad which has been converted into a quarantine centre by the state government," Hakim told PTI.

"I can sense improvement in my health in the last two days and hoping that I will test negative soon and go back home in the coming few days," he said.

Hakim said he fell ill after visiting Gulbarga in Karnataka.

"I was having fever after visiting Gulbarga and I was taking medicine for fever. Later, I had an X-ray of my chest done and I was told that I had pneumonia.

"Later, I was advised to undergo test for COVID-19 and the result returned positive. It was six days back,” he added.

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