Five-time World Champion and Rajya Sabha MP Mary Kom has broken the 14-day quarantine protocol put in place by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Government of India to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Kom competed in the Asia-Oceania Olympic qualifiers in Amman, Jordan, and returned India on March 13th, 2020.
She was advised to be in self-isolation for a minimum of 14 days. However, she attended the breakfast hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind on March 18th, 2020 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Kom was self-isolating at her Delhi residence since returning from Jordan where she booked herself a second Olympic berth.
The Indian team also undertook a training trip to Italy before landing in Jordan for the Olympic qualifiers. However, the entire Indian team got COVID-19 negative certificates from the International Olympic Committee.
In one of the four pictures tweeted by the official Twitter handle of the President of India, 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,” read the caption of the photos.
On the same day, BJP lawmaker Dushyant Singh, who came in contact with coronavirus infected Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor, was also present at the President’s House. Singh is now in self-quarantine.
Kom admitted she attended the President’s event. In a statement, the renowned boxer said that she is at home since she came back from Jordan.
Kom also mentioned that she “only attended the President’s event and did not meet Dushyant or shake hands with him”.
President Kovind to undergo coronavirus test as he also met Dushyant when he attended the party.