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Indian team clears COVID-19 take a look at, set to start training ahead of Thailand Open

Saina Nehwal
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Saina Nehwal

The whole Indian badminton contingent cleared the COVID-19 take a look at on Wednesday and is set to start training ahead of the Yonex Thailand Open, beginning subsequent week.

The Indian team, half of the Green Zone, consisting of gamers and all stakeholders comparable to umpires, line judges, personnel from BWF, Badminton Association of Thailand, medical employees, and TV manufacturing crew, have been examined after arrival in Bangkok.

The Asia leg in Bangkok consists of two Super 1000 occasions — Yonex Thailand Open (January 12-17) and Toyota Thailand Open (January 19-24) adopted by the USD 1,500,000 HSBC BWF World Tour Finals (January 27-31).

“The Asian Leg in Bangkok received a boost with all 824 participants in the Green Zone quarantine bubble testing negative for COVID-19,” BWF stated in a press release.

“Players are now cleared for training under strict safety protocols.”

The Indian team, comprising Olympic hopefuls PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and B Sai Praneeth, have been allotted training timings. The gamers additionally had their first gymnasium session within the afternoon.

“Indian Team will be resuming their training from today, the Gym timings allotted are from 2-3pm and the training time is 7-8PM,” BAI media tweeted.

The gamers may also now have entry to physio of their rooms however they are going to have to take prior appointment as half of the protocols in place. “The strict procedures allow athletes to see their physios in their rooms once practice commences. A special procedure/appointment is needed for any personnel leaving their room to visit the practice hall, or in the case of a physio, the athlete they treat.”

Interestingly, Saina had sought permission to meet her physio on Tuesday and later lashed out on the governing physique for denying the athletes entry to trainers and physios.

“Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) and BWF got a request from Saina Nehwal via BAI seeking permission for Saina Nehwal to see her physio,” BWF stated in an official response.

“BAT informed BAI and Saina Nehwal of the protocol in the Prospectus and informed her that there is a procedure in place to allow athletes to see their physios in their rooms only once practice has commenced (on 6 January).”

The apex physique stated “the Prospect clearly states that each one athletes and personnel right here within the Green Bubble in Bangkok should keep of their room till follow commences on 6 January.

“The Prospectus was communicated to all participants and the Member Associations way in advance of the tournament.”

The governing physique additionally stated that “the quarantine measures will be in place throughout the mandatory 14-day observation period including during the staging of the Yonex Thailand Open”.

“More routine COVID-19 tests will follow with strict safety protocols to remain in place until the end of the Asian Leg.”

The Asia leg will conclude the 2020 calender which was shutdown after the All England Championship in March due to COVID-19 pandemic. Denmark Open Super 750 and SaarLorLux Open Super 100 have been the one two occasions which might be held since March. 

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