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Rio Olympics 2016: Indian shooter Chain Singh hospitalized

Dreadful news for the Indian shooting contingent ahead of the Games.

Shooter Chain Singh has been diagnosed with pulmonary embolism and pneumonia

Indian rifle shooter Chain Singh, who is a part of the Indian shooting team for the 2016 Rio Olympics, has suffered a dreadful setback ahead of the Games. Singh has been hospitalized in Lausanne, Switzerland and has been diagnosed with pulmonary embolism and pneumonia. Pulmonary embolism is a condition where the veins of the patient have blood clots in them which results in trouble in breathing.

Chain Singh has been training with his fellow shooters Gagan Narang and Apurvi Chandela in the city which is the home of International Olympic Committee. The shooters are accompanied by their coach Stanislas Lapidus. 

Speaking about Singh’s condition, Army Marksmanship Unit’s commanding officer, Colonel Lalit Sharma told Times of India, “He (Singh) has been admitted to the hospital and will stay there for a few days. He will be getting blood thinner for some days as a part of the treatment. But there is nothing to worry (about) and according to the doctors, he can resume training after four to five days."

The 27-year old shooter was scheduled to fly to Rio on Sunday, but will have to delay his flight now. Sharma also informed that Singh is not allowed to fly to Rio at the moment and will be joining the shooting team by August 2.

Sharma added, “"He is being looked after well there. Gagan (Narang) is with him, so is an Olympic Gold Quest doctor. Also, the sports ministry is also helping by managing the finances for hospitalization and other expenses.”

The untimely hospitalization will certainly affect Chain Singh’s preparations for the Games where he is scheduled to participate in the 50m rifle prone and 50m rifle 3 positions events.

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