The U19 World Cup bio bubble was a joke and the authorities were lethargic: Indian team manager Lobzang Terzing

The U19 World Cup bio bubble was a joke and the authorities were lethargic: Indian team manager Lobzang Terzing

Tenzing also added that the India U19 side experienced a tough time in Guyana.

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India U19. (Photo by Matthew Lewis-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

The manager of the India U19 side Lobzang G. Tenzing said that the bio bubble that was put in place for the ICC Under-19 World Cup was a joke and the authorities in charge were lethargic.

Tenzing also added that the Indian side experienced a tough time in Guyana. Tenzing also revealed that when he was infected with Covid-19, there was no medical help that was provided. Tenzing also stated that it was a system failure.

“Tournament bio-bubble was a joke, the authorities were lethargic. It poses additional logistical issues and people were lethargic. Our time in Guyana was tough to say the least. When I and my colleagues were down with COVID, no medical help was provided, no doctor, no medicines. Our team physio came to our rescue. It was like a system failure,” said Tenzing as quoted by The Indian Express.

The rooms where we stayed did not have regular running water: Lobzang G. Tenzing

Lobzang G. Tenzing also added that the hotel did not have separate floors for the players and the rooms also did not have proper running water as well. Tenzing also added that the Indian contingent was saved on the food front as there were some Indian restaurants.

“In the hotel we stayed there were no separate floors for teams. We were staying on the same floor as other hotel guests. There was nobody to man the isolation period. The rooms did not have regular running water and players faced food issues. Luckily few Indian restaurants close by helped us on that front,” added Tenzing.

Adding that the stadium did not have water in the washroom, Tenzing concluded by stating that even domestic tournaments in India are held in better fashion as compared to how the Under-19 World Cup was held.

“During practice games, the stadium had no water in the washrooms. I can safely say we state units and the BCCI do a much better job staging domestic events in a bio-secure environment,” concluded Tenzing.