IPL 2020: UAE's VPS Healthcare becomes official Covid-19 testing partner
During the tournament, the group will be conducting more than 20,000 Covid-19 tests
The UAE-based VPS Healthcare will be the official Covid-19 testing partner for the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL).
The healthcare group will test all the players of eight franchises until their departure from the UAE at the end of the tournament.
The 13th edition of the world's richest cricket league will be played from September 19 to November 10.
The Covid-19 testing process has already started. During the tournament, the group will be conducting more than 20,000 Covid-19 tests.
VPS Healthcare will also be facilitating the Covid-19 solution for the bio-bubble by ensuring regular Covid-19 tests in specific intervals.
Additionally, talks are underway between VPS Healthcare and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for providing other medical services for the tournament. If the deal comes through, the healthcare group will be providing allied medical support services, including hospitalisation and treatment in case of emergencies.
The healthcare group has experience in facilitating the medical requirements for major sports events such as Formula One, UFC and international cricket matches played in the UAE.
The group is on the frontlines of the UAE's response against the pandemic.
Safeer Ahamad, CEO of VPS Healthcare's LLH, Lifecare, and Medeor Hospitals, said extensive arrangements have been made to facilitate the bio-secure environment.
"Our responsibility is to facilitate the bio-bubble by providing Covid-19 solutions for the tournament. As part of this, we will be conducting massive Covid-19 tests for the entire IPL fraternity, including players, supporting staff of the franchisees, BCCI officials and other IPL stakeholders during the entire period of the tournament," Ahamad said.
"We have assigned a team each for three emirates comprising our highly and extensively experienced Covid-19 frontline warriors who were at the forefront at the peak of the pandemic."
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