The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has extended its current deal with VPS as the healthcare expert for the Indian Premier League. The BCCI has shown faith in the UAE-based medical company for the second consecutive year. They have already started to make arrangements with the COVID tests of over 750 hotel staff. Moreover, VPS has the capacity of conducting 2000 RT-PCR tests per day.
With the Covid-19 pandemic around, medical facilities and secured bio-bubbles will play an important role. Players safety must be ensured along with the support staff so that the tournament could be conducted smoothly. VPS will be setting up an efficient system that will provide RT-PCR tests.
Furthermore, VPS will also be assigning two medical teams which will consist of doctors, nurses and lab technicians in each stadium for any problems that can arise. It will also have a 100 member team that will overlook sports medicine and Covid 19 management. Overall VPS will be providing emergency medical services, sports medicine support, musculoskeletal imaging, specialist teleconsultation, doctor-on-call, and ambulance/air ambulance support.
“Our team is completely equipped to take care of the medical needs of the IPL participants. As experienced healthcare providers, we are committed to ensuring a safe environment for the players and other BCCI stakeholders throughout the tournament. We are confident that we can provide a great sporting experience for this year’s IPL as well,” said Shajir Gaffar, CEO of VPS Healthcare.
“The UAE has a good strike rate in seamlessly conducting high-profile sports events during the pandemic. Even in these challenging times, the country is setting new benchmarks in expertly managing international sporting tournaments through its state-of-the art stadiums, watertight measures, and well-trained personnel. With the second leg of the IPL and ICC T20 World Cup happening back-to-back, the UAE can solidify its pioneering position as a safe global sporting destination.”