Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy have been ruled out of Thailand Open after testing positive for coronavirus. They have been asked to isolate in a Bangkok hospital by the organisers. Parupalli Kahyap has been also been asked to head to hospital since he was in close contact with Saina. His report is yet to be made public but has been asked to withdraw by organisers assuming he would also test positive. Both the players tested positive in third round of Covid-19 testing done during their quarantine period. Following Nehwal’s ouster PV Sindhu will be India’ only hope in the women’s single draw.
Thailand Open is the first international badminton tournament taking place after a gap of 300 days due to pandemic. With Nehwal’s ouster, Malaysia’s Kisona Selvaduray got a walkover and has moved to the second round. the Indian shuttler had earlier taken to social media to complain about the fact thait physios and trainers of players were not being allowed near players despite tall of them testing negative. She said it was important time for players ahead of Olympic qualifiers and it was not possible for them to be in good shape without the help of trainers. She added that the players had spent a lot of money in getting physios and trainers along, and if were not going to be allowed near players, it should have been told before.
This is the the second time Nehwal has tested positive for Covid-19. The shuttler had recovered from the infection just few days back. Kashyap, too. had earlier tested positive for coronavirus. Following the recovery, Kashyap had revealed that the couple ended up putting on a few kilos because of the urge to eat following a course of anti-viral medicines. The couple’s plans to shift to a new home seem to have also taken a jolt in view of Nehwal’s infection.