· The healthcare group will be responsible for the COVID-19 testing for all players, support staff of franchisees, BCCI staff, and the wider IPL stakeholders.
· Over 20,000 COVID-19 tests will be conducted during the tournament.
· Discussion between BCCI and VPS Healthcare on the subject of providing other medical services to support the tournament is progressing.
Dubai [26 August 2020]: With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) all set to commence the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE from September 19, amidst a raging pandemic, VPS Healthcare, a UAE-based healthcare group, has bagged the nod from the cricket board to become the official testing agency of the gala event.
The venue of the cricket tournament, supposed to be held in India early this year, has been shifted to the UAE owing to the unabated rise in COVID-19 cases in India. In the UAE, the matches will be held in a bio-secure environment to reduce the chance of contraction of COVID-19 among players and supporting staff.
Being the official testing partner, VPS Healthcare will be responsible for the COVID-19 testing for all players, support staff of franchisees, BCCI staff, and the wider IPL stakeholders for the entire duration of the tournament. VPS Healthcare has been selected by the BCCI after a series of deliberation. Further, BCCI is in discussion with the healthcare group concerning the provision of other medical services and requirements in line with the tournament.
Based in the UAE, the healthcare group has an extensive presence in the three emirates of the country – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah, where the matches will be held. This has come as a boon for the healthcare group in the selection process. Also, the contribution of VPS Healthcare in containing COVID-19 in the UAE has added weight to its prospects.
In the wake of this, VPS Healthcare will be facilitating the COVID-19 solution for the bio-bubble ensuring regular COVID-19 tests in specified intervals. If the ongoing discussion between BCCI and VPS Healthcare regarding the provision of other medical services translates into a deal, the healthcare group will be providing allied medical support services, including hospitalization and treatment in case of emergencies.
Speaking on the extensive arrangements made to facilitate the bio-secure environment for the sporting event, Safeer Ahamad, CEO of VPS Healthcare’s LLH, Lifecare, and Medeor Hospitals, said: “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 of the entire IPL fraternity, including players, supporting staff of the franchisees, BCCI officials and other IPL stakeholders during the entire period of the tournament. We have assigned a team each for three emirates comprising of our highly and extensively experienced COVID frontline warriors who were at the forefront during the peak of the pandemic.”
As the teams have started arriving in the UAE, COVID-19 testing process has already begun. During the tournament, the healthcare group will be conducting over 20,000 tests. The designated team will be available round-the-clock to meet the medical needs of the IPL.
VPS Healthcare owned by NRI entrepreneur Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil has been at the forefront in containing the COVID-19 virus in the UAE and has extensive experience in managing the healthcare requirements for sports events. The healthcare group has been the healthcare partner for UFC Championship, Formula1, and various international cricket matches held in the UAE.
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