Indian Open has been under constant drooling of COVID-19 fear and uncertainties that has been around since its announcement.
This time 7 players are tested Positive for the disease and lots of turmoil is going on eclipsing the game and its stride.
Seven Indian playersplayers featuring in Indian open and are COVID positive are- Kidambi Srikanth, Ashwini Ponnappa, Ritika Thakar, Treesa Jolly, Mithun Manjunath, Simran Singhi and Khushi Gupta have tested positive and have withdrawn from the event, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Thursday.
“The players returned a positive result to a mandatory RT-PCR test conducted on Tuesday. Doubles partners deemed close contact of the seven players have also been withdrawn from the tournament,” the world governing body said in a statement.
“The players will not be replaced in the main draw and their opponents will be given a walkover to the next round.”
The BWF announced the news in the wee hours on Thursday but didn’t reveal the names of the seven players.
Apary from this B Sai Parineeth, Mannu Attri and Dhruv Rather has been tested before leaving for the venue and they have taken their names back.
The entire England badminton contingent had also withdrawn ahead of the Super 500 event after the country’s doubles specialist Sean Vendy and coach Nathan Robertson tested positive for the virus.
Organised by the Badminton Association of India, the 2022 edition of India Open is being held behind closed doors at the Indira Gandhi Stadium’s KD Jadhav Indoor Hall.
Among top international stars, world champion Loh Kean Yew, three-time men’s doubles world champion Mohammad Ahsan, and Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan are competing in the tournament, which is being hosted for the first time in three years following the cancellation of the last two editions due to the pandemic.
Delhi reported 27,561 COVID-19 cases, the second-highest single-day rise since the pandemic began, and 40 deaths on Wednesday.
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