Boxer Toni Filipi Becomes First Croatian Athlete Positive for Coronavirus

Daniela Rogulj

March. 26, 2020 – As suspected, one of Croatia’s best boxers, Toni Filipi, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Boxing coach Tomo Kadić and boxer Toni Filipi are positive for the coronavirus, reports and HRT.

After publicly calling the Croatian Boxing Federation a few days ago for poor organization and insufficient health care for his boxers who traveled to London amid a coronavirus pandemic, they competed for a few days and returned home promptly after the qualifiers for the Olympic Games were terminated, the Gladiator club coach confirmed via his Facebook.

“The call came today. I’m positive for the coronavirus. It’s not easy for me; it’s not easy for me to swallow. But I know I’ll fight it. I feel better and safer today,” Kadić said in a video that lasts more than six minutes.

“When the International Olympic Committee was already unaware that no qualifications were to be held, then people were aware of all this. I approached this responsibly for myself and everyone else. Keep to the protocol; we can win all this,” Kadić added.

After that, news came that Filipi was positive for the coronavirus. He made his statement to Radio Zadar.

“The first two days since I was in self-isolation, I had nothing, no symptoms. After that I felt a little hot, I measured my temperature and I had one. My head also ached and I coughed. Then I was tested and today received confirmation that I am positive. However, now I feel good, I am firm, I do not let illnesses affect me easily. 

It will be all right, I listen to the doctor’s instructions and I believe this will all go away quickly. Everyone hold on, do not panic, just be responsible and listen to the authorities,” said Filipi.

Tomo and Toni are the second and third confirmed coronavirus cases in the Croatian boxing team. Before them, Ante Matas, the national team coach, also tested positive. 

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