Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy test negative for Covid-19, cleared for Thailand Open


Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy have been cleared to compete within the Thailand Open after they examined negative for COVID-19, invalidating the earlier optimistic outcomes that compelled them out of the event hours earlier on a chaotic Tuesday.

Both the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Badminton Association of India (BAI) confirmed the event.

“Both Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy have been cleared to participate in the ongoing Yonex Thailand Open after the fourth-round tests reports confirmed that both shuttlers have been tested negative for COVID-19,” BAI stated in an announcement.

The nationwide physique stated it was attainable after the nationwide physique took up the matter with BWF.

“BAI have taken up the matter with topmost BWF officials to ensure if tests were negative, matches for respective players should be rescheduled and no walkover is given,” BAI added.

Earlier within the day, chaos gripped India’s marketing campaign on the event when Olymic medallist Saina was compelled out following a optimistic COVID-19 test, whereas Prannoy’s participation hung in stability after his pattern got here out negative following a optimistic lead to a weird flip of occasions.

Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap too was compelled to withdraw “due to close proximity” with spouse and fellow shuttler Saina.

But the day, which additionally witnessed a shock first-round exit of reigning world champion and Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu, ended on a greater notice for the Indians following the 2 shuttlers’ clearance.

“Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) can confirm three of the four players who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today at the Asian Leg of the HSBC BWF World Tour have been cleared to take their place in the draw,” the apex physique stated.

“They are confirmed as Saina Nehwal (India), HS Prannoy (India), and Jones Ralfy Jansen (Germany),” BWF added in its assertion.

The BWF stated the stated gamers who had earlier examined optimistic for the virus, are “not currently infected”.

“Nehwal, Prannoy and Jansen examined optimistic on the PCR test however their antibody IgG was optimistic. A optimistic antibody test means an individual has been contaminated with the COVID-19 virus sooner or later prior to now. It doesn’t imply they’re presently contaminated.

“The trio all contracted COVID-19 in late 2020. The committee was satisfied that they are not infected and do not pose a danger to the tournament.”

Saina and Prannoy had recovered from COVID-19 final month and together with the Indian crew had been seeking to take part within the Asia leg occasions comprising the Thailand Open (January 12-17), TOYOTA Thailand Open (January 19-24) and the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2020 (January 27-31).

In its assertion, BAI added, “After steady efforts from BAI together with medical doctors being despatched instantly when Kidambi Srikanth began bleeding have been taken up. BWF and Badminton Thailand have been cooperative and BAI thank all of the stakeholders for their assist together with the event organisers.

The matches shall be rescheduled for Saina and Parupalli Kashyap for Wednesday. However, Kashyap’s participation will rely on the results of his test performed within the afternoon.

Regarding Prannoy, the BWF had stated he can be retested after conflicting experiences got here out of earlier samples.

Saina was scheduled to play Kisona Salvaduray of Malaysia, whereas Kashyap was presupposed to face Canada’s Jason Anthony Ho-Shue within the first spherical on Tuesday.

However, Prannoy is scheduled to play his first match on Wednesday, taking over Malaysia’s eighth seed Lee Zii Jia.

Saina, Prannoy, Kashyap together with RMV Gurusaidutt and Pranaav Chopra had examined optimistic final month and had served the obligatory quarantine interval.

They had additionally cleared the pre-departure COVID-19 test and in addition examined negative on arrival in Bangkok.

The Indian contingent contains the likes of Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Sourabh Verma, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty and Ashwini Ponappa.


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