Former Brazilian volleyball star Leila Barros tests positive for COVID-19

Mark Escarlote, ABS-CBN Sports

Posted at Jul 13 2020 02:33 PM

Leila Barros (left) of Brazil and Francesca Piccinini of Italy were the stars of the FIVB World Women's Volleyball Grand Prix when it was held in Manila two decades ago. Photo courtesy of the Grand Prix 2000 program.

Former Brazilian women's national team standout Leila Barros tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Barros, who is now a senator, showed symptoms of the dreaded virus and took a real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) test which turned out positive.

Barros, who endeared to Filipino volleyball fans during the country’s hosting of the World Grand Prix in the early 2000s, suffered from fever and body aches. Imaging exams detected no changes in her lungs.

In a statement posted on her Instagram account, the three-time World Grand Prix champion and two-time Olympic bronze medalist is confident of her full recovery.


A post shared by Leila Barros (Leila do Vôlei) (@leiladovolei) on

Although still suffering from headache, the parliamentarian will carry out home isolation as per medical advice.

Barros, in another post, thanked all who prayed and wished her well. "This network of positive energy fills me with disposition. I have faith that soon I will recover. I pray that everyone who fights against this disease will have strength at this moment," she said.


A post shared by Leila Barros (Leila do Vôlei) (@leiladovolei) on

Brazil is the second most heavily hit country by the global health pandemic next to the United States with a total of 1,866,176 positive cases and 72,151 deaths, as of July 13.

This story originally appeared on the ABS-CBN Sports website.