Indian Shuttlers Saina, Prannoy test COVID positive; withdraws from Thailand Open

Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy, who had recently recovered from Covid-19, have once again tested positive for novel coronavirus and as a result have withdrawn the Yonex Thailand Open which began on Tuesday.

The Indian squad, which travelled to Bangkok to participate in the Yonex Thailand Open followed by Toyota Thailand Open and BWF World Tour Finals, had tested negative during the first two tests that were conducted earlier. However, Saina and Prannoy tested positive during the third test conducted on Monday.

“We are constantly in touch with the BWF as well as the organisers and our team management and players. These are unprecedented times but BWF is doing everything to ensure full support to our players including their safety,” BAI general secretary Ajay Singhania said in a statement.

After testing positive, both the players have been taken to the hospital to be isolated for a minimum period 10 days. Meanwhile, Saina’s husband Parupalli Kashyapm has also withdrawn from the tournament and is quarantined in his hotel room due to close proximity with Saina.

“According to the guidelines and safety norms, these three players will not be participating in the tournament. However, all other players have been allowed to participate but they have to play without the presence of coaches and support staff as per the safety protocols,” Singhania added.