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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 previous positive results that forced them out of the match 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 doable 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 match when Olymic medallist Saina was compelled out following a constructive COVID-19 test, whereas Prannoy’s participation hung in stability after his pattern got here out negative following a constructive 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 observe 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 constructive for the virus, are “not currently infected”.

“Nehwal, Prannoy and Jansen examined constructive on the PCR test however their antibody IgG was constructive. A constructive antibody test means an individual has been contaminated with the COVID-19 virus in some unspecified time in the future prior to now. It doesn’t imply they’re at present 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 workforce 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 docs 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 help together with the match organisers.

The matches might be rescheduled for Saina and Parupalli Kashyap for Wednesday. However, Kashyap’s participation will depend upon 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 imagined 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 up Malaysia’s eighth seed Lee Zii Jia.

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

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

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

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