At a time when the country is undergoing a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, India’s ace boxer and Rajya Sabha MP MC Mary Kom broke the 14-day quarantine protocol put in place by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Mary Kom, who had returned from Jordan on March 13 after competing in the Asia-Oceania Olympic qualifiers in Amman, was supposed to be in self-isolation for a minimum of 14 days due to the growing COVID-19 cases. However, within five days of her return she attended a breakfast hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Interestingly, BJP leader Dushyant Singh, who attended virus-infected Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor’s party, was also present for the breakfast at President’s house.
In the pictures posted by the official Twitter handle of President of India, Mary Kom and other leaders are visible. “President Kovind hosted Members of Parliament from Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan for breakfast at Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning,” read the tweet.
President Kovind hosted Members of Parliament from Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan for breakfast at Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning. pic.twitter.com/Rou6GLrSHH
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 18, 2020
Mary Kom’s negligence came to light on Friday (March 20) when boxing coach Santiago Nieva told IANS that the members of the Indian boxing contingent, who participated in Jordan, are all under the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
“10 days we had planned but now it becomes 14 days. So after 10 days I am working on a training programme which I will send them. After this period they can start on that. If this is not solved within two weeks then we will have to continue like this as best as we can,” Nieva said.
Six-time world champion also admitted of her being at the President’s house and said, “I am home since I came back from Jordan. I only attended the President’s event and did not meet Dushyant or shake hands with. My quarantine after Jordan ends but I’m going to be at home only for the next 3-4 days.”
According to a report in NDTV, President Kovind is himself likely to undergo coronavirus test as he also met Singh, who is in self-isolation, when he attended the party.