Coronavirus: Sikyong aspirant Kaydor Aukatsang tests positive

Sikyong aspirant Kelsang Dorjee Aukatsang (aka Kaydor Aukatsang) gestures during a campaign meeting with Tibetans in New York at The Tibetan Community Hall of NY&NJ, US, on 2 November 2020.

Sikyong aspirant Kelsang Dorjee Aukatsang (aka Kaydor Aukatsang) gestures during a campaign meeting with Tibetans in New York at The Tibetan Community Hall of NY&NJ, US, on 2 November 2020. Facebook/Kelsang Dorjee Aukatsang

Tibet Sun Newsroom

McLEOD GANJ, India, 5 December 2020

One of the aspirants for the position of Sikyong, or Tibetan political leader, Kelsang Dorjee Aukatsang (aka Kaydor Aukatsang), has tested positive for Coronavirus, according to a statement released by him.

“On the night of 4 December, I tested positive for Coronavirus. Fortunately, all the team members accompanying me have tested negative. I am currently doing fine and have begun self-quarantine. I have paused all my campaign visits,” the statement said.

“He cancelled his and his team’s flight to South India as soon as he got the result of the test. He’s self-quarantining in Delhi,” according to a source.

Aukatsang had scheduled two public meetings at the Tibetan settlements of Kollegal and Hunsur in South India on Sunday, and had more plans to visit Bylakuppe and Mundgod.

All these meetings have been cancelled due to the infection. “I express my profound gratitude to all my supporters and event organisers who continue to work tirelessly on the ground. I will continue to campaign online virtually in the meantime as I believe it is important for me to meet with my fellow Tibetans, hear their stories and share my vision for Tibet’s future,” he said.

Launching his campaign on Tibetan Democracy Day on 2 September from Switzerland, in October he was on a month-long North America campaign tour covering 11 cities, including the DC capital area and New York City.

The India leg of his campaign was begun at the end of November with the settlements around Dehra Dun, covering five settlements including Dickeyling and Clementown, and an event was held at the Tibetan base of Majnu ka Tilla in Delhi on 4 December.

Kaydor has promised to resume his campaigning as soon as he tests negative.

In the last nine years Kaydor has served as Special Advisor to the Sikyong, as Representative of the Dalai Lama to North America, and Chief Resilience Officer of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and the Director of the Social and Resource Development Fund (SARD) under incumbent Sikyong Lobsang Sangay’s administration. He resigned in August to run for Sikyong.

With a slogan of “One Nation, One People, One Struggle”, he’s campaigning for building a dynamic and efficient CTA with a focus on strengthening the Tibetan freedom struggle, transforming education, revitalising Tibetan language and culture, and empowering the youth.


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