Ahead of Thailand Open 2021, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has tested positive for Covid-19. The organisers have asked the Hyderabadi shuttler to withdraw from the tournament.
Saina had also shared a video on social media where she was seen going through the test. “3rd COVID test here in bangkok… The tournament starts tomorrow #bangkok #Thailandopen #tournament #badminton,” Saina tweeted
Another Indian shuttler, HS Prannoy, has also tested positive ahead of the tournament. Parupalli Kashyap will also be kept under obervation in the hospital.
On January 6, all 824 participants in the Green Zone quarantine bubble had tested negative for COVID-19.
The Green Zone consists of players and their entourage and all stakeholders who come into direct contact with them, such as umpires, line judges, personnel from Badminton World Federation (BWF), Badminton Association of Thailand, medical staff, and TV production crew.
“All international Green Zone participants were required to submit a negative in their own country before departure to Bangkok and were then tested again in Bangkok upon entry into hotel quarantine,” BWF had said in a statement.
Earlier, in a series of tweets, Saina had raised concerns over how would the players be able to maintain their fitness levels as they were not allowed to meet their physios despite testing negative”The physios and trainers cannot meet us during the entire tour after all of us have tested negative ? @bwfmedia @bwf_ac
4 weeks of this how is it possible to maintain ourselves . We want to play the tournament in good condition. Please sort this
@bwfmedia,” she wrote