Former badminton world primary Saina Nehwal was amongst 4 worldwide gamers who examined optimistic for Covid-19 on the Thailand Open Tuesday, as sporting officers rushed to include a possible outbreak within the event’s so-called bubble.
The Badminton World Federation stated the 4 optimistic exams had been re-examined, and Nehwal was receiving medical therapy at a Bangkok hospital.
The Olympic bronze medallist’s husband, males’s singles competitor Parupalli Kashyap, has gone into lodge isolation.
Nehwal tweeted Tuesday that she was advised to go to hospital by officers “simply earlier than the warm-up” for her scheduled match a day earlier.
Her match in opposition to Malaysian Selvaduray Kisona has been declared a walkover together with Kashyap’s showdown with Canada’s Jason Anthony Ho-Shue.
Badminton India has confirmed HS Prannoy has additionally examined optimistic and has additionally been despatched to a Bangkok hospital.
The opposite two unnamed shuttlers — from Germany and Egypt — are set to be retested after the identical samples had been checked once more and got here again damaging.
“Your complete Indian group has been categorised excessive threat by Thai well being authorities and all gamers and their entourage are at the moment self quarantining of their rooms on the lodge,” the federation stated in a press release.
The federation confirmed that regardless of being thought-about “excessive threat” different Indian shuttlers had been nonetheless allowed to go to Muang Thong Thani’s Impression Enviornment for his or her matches on Tuesday.
The Thailand Open is the primary of three consecutive badminton tournaments performed in strict bio-secure situations and behind closed doorways in Bangkok, culminating within the World Tour Finals from January 27.
Thailand’s badminton chief final month advised AFP the tournaments could be the “most secure on the planet”.
Badminton has been all however sidelined for the reason that All England Championships in March, however gamers and organisers alike shall be hoping for a much less disrupted yr as they gear up for the Tokyo Olympics beginning in July.