Olympics-bound race walker K.T. Irfan is among the five elite track-and-field athletes to test positive for COVID-19 at the Sports Authority of India’s Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru.

The 31-year-old Irfan had qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in early 2019 after finishing fourth in the 20 km event at the Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi in Japan.

The tests were conducted last Friday and those who returned positive have been kept under quarantine.

“At least five elite athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 when tests were conducted on Friday. They have been kept isolated from others,” a source at the SAI Centre told PTI.

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The source said another race walker could also have tested positive but this could not be confirmed. “Four male players and one female player and four support staff tested…

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