08 Sep

Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket side Mumbai Indians have strengthened their health procedures for the upcoming IPL with the introduction of a smart ring personal health tracking device.

The ring will be worn by every member of the team to help prevent the spread of the virus. The ring monitors vital data such as heart rate, heart rate variation, respiratory rate and body temperature and identifies any irregularities so asymptomatic signs can be caught.

Mumbai Indians’ players have already served a compulsory 14-day quarantine and have been subject to a number of Covid-19 tests.

National governing body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has also issued teams with a bluetooth-enabled contact tracing device and requires them to fill in a daily fitness feedback form through a health app.

According to the Times of India the NBA has been using a similar device, inside the league’s quarantine “bubble” in Orlando, Florida.

This year’s IPL has been moved from India to the UAE because of the pandemic. The teams, officials and broadcast production staff have been arriving in the country over the past few weeks. Everyone involved must undergo quarantine on arrival and remain within ‘bio-secure bubbles’ for the duration of the tournament.

Preparations however have been held up by new pandemic measures introduced by Abu Dhabi in response to a jump in Covid-19 infections.

John Stephenson


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