After a lot of confusion over their Covid test reports, Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap’s names have been cleared for Thailand Open. The trio was earlier asked to withdraw from the tournament. While Nehwal and Prannoy had reportedly tested positive, Kashyap was asked to withdraw as he was in close contact with Nehwal. However, according to Badminton Association of India sources, their reports were false and they will be allowed to open their campaign on Wednesday.
Earlier on Tuesday, Nehwal had taken to Twitter to inform that she was yet to receive her reports from the test conducted on January 11. She said the situation was very confusing as she was asked to go to a hospital in Bangkok to isolate her self just ahead of her warm-up for the match. She said according to rules, the report should be handed out within five hours. The players had earlier tested negative in earlier two tests.
The trio has recently recovered from Covid-19 after getting infected at international shuttler RMV GuruSaidutt’s wedding. According to reports, a high level Thai medical committee studied the report and gave the green signal to trio’s participation in the tournament after BAI’s argument that the players had followed the protocol and were in quarantine. A source in the Indian team revealed that the dead protein of the virus after recovery from Covid-19 sometimes gives out false positive result as seen in case of Nehwal and Prannoy. He revealed that thankfully their name was cleared without much damage.
On Tuesday, star shuttler Kidambi Shrikant was also miffed with organisers for the treatment being meted out to them by the health officials. He posted a picture of his bleeding nose and said he has taken four tests since arrival and the experience has never been pleasant. He said we have not come here to shed blood like this.