NSI beef up safety measures after officials tested positive for virus

Ahmad Faedzal M.D. Ramli. -filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: National Sports Institute (NSI) are going full force to beef up safety measures after three of their officials, who are involved in the quarantine-based centralised training camps, were tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday.

NSI chief executive officer Ahmad Faedzal Md Ramli said they had immediately put in place the standard operating procedure set by the Health Ministry.

“Their close contacts have been identified to undergo Covid-19 screening and placed under home surveillance. We have also carried out sanitation work at the NSI headquarters in Bukit Jalil, ” he said in a statement yesterday.

He added that 47 NSI officials, comprising health and sports science officers, had been monitoring the development of athletes and coaches under the National Sports Council (NSC) training programmes at five centralised training camps during the movement control order.

The five venues are the National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil, NSC Complex in Taman Keramat, Academy Badminton Malaysia in Bukit Kiara, National Velodrome in Nilai, Negri Sembilan and the National Sailing Training Centre in Langkawi.

“The NSI’s main scope of responsibility at these centralised training camps includes health monitoring, early treatment services, medical clinical referrals as well as compliance with personal health care practices, especially in the management of Covid-19 counter measures.

“In terms of performance, the NSI sports science experts will provide assistance from the aspects of nutrition, physical adaptation, psychology, exercise physiology and biomechanics, ” he said.

Previously, the NSC confirmed that seven athletes and six officials had been tested positive for Covid-19 after returning to the training camp on Jan 3.

The seven athletes infected were two from athletics, two wheelchair tennis players, two wheelchair basketball players and one hearing-impaired tenpin bowling athlete. — Bernama

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