Vinesh Phogat tests positive for COVID-19

Vinesh Phogat in action at the World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan in 2019. Just 21 when she made her Olympic debut in Rio, she had suffered a career-threatening knee injury during her quarterfinal bout in 2016. AP Photo/Anvar Ilyasov

India's top woman wrestler Vinesh Phogat said she has tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. Selected for this year's Khel Ratna award, the Asian and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist had been training at her village in Sonepat with coach Om Prakash.

"Yes, I have tested positive for COVID-19 when my sample was taken in Sonepat before the dress rehearsal for the awards ceremony," Vinesh told PTI. "I will recover soon, God willing. I am in isolation at home," she added.

The 26-year-old will skip Saturday's virtual ceremony for the National Sports Awards distribution. She is one among five athletes chosen for the country's highest sporting honour this year.