TT cyclist infected by Covid-19 said to be recovering 'nicely'

By March 20, 2020

Olympics-bound Trinidadian Kwesi Browne is recovering well after he was diagnosed with the Coronavirus Covid-19 on Monday, an official of the Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation confirmed on Friday.

Browne’s training partner Nicholas Paul is in quarantine.

Browne and Paul were to travel to the World Cycling Centre (WCC) in Switzerland on March 23 to continue their preparations for what will be their first-ever Olympic Games in Japan this summer.

Both athletes qualified for the Olympics following their participation at the World Track Cycling Championships in Germany earlier this year. The situation now is a potential setback for the athletes and the federation.

However, David Francis, the Assistant Racing Secretary at the TTCF offered a more positive outlook when he spoke with Sportsmax.TV on Friday.

“The individual is recovering nicely,” he said in response to questions surrounding the condition of the athlete.

However, he declined to comment further when asked if other athletes had been exposed to Browne before he was known to be infected. Browne competed among other cyclists at the National Championship that began last week Wednesday.

“I am not at liberty to divulge,” he said.

Nine persons have been infected with the virus in the twin-island republic.

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