Saina Nehwal (Photo Credit: Reuters)
Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap and HS Prannoy were cleared to compete in the Thailand Open after they tested negative for COVID-19.
India’s top shuttlers Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap and H.S. Prannoy on Tuesday tested negative for COVID-19 hours after returning positive results, paving the way for their participation in the Thailand Open after being forced out of the tournament.
Both the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Badminton Association of India (BAI) confirmed the development.
“Both Saina Nehwal and H.S. 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 said in a statement.
“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,” the national body added.
Earlier in the day, chaos gripped India’s campaign at the tournament when Saina was forced out following a positive COVID-19 test, while Prannoy’s participation hung in balance after his sample came out negative following a positive result in a bizarre turn of events.
Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap too was forced to withdraw “due to close proximity” with wife and fellow shuttler Saina.
But the day, which also witnessed a shock first-round exit of reigning world champion and Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu, ended on a better note for the Indians following the two shuttlers’ clearance.
(With PTI inputs)