Thailand Open: Saina Nehwal, Prannoy cleared after fourth Covid test is negative

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Thailand Open: Saina Nehwal, Prannoy cleared after fourth Covid test is negative

In an intriguing drama, India's both badminton players — Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy — have been cleared to participate in the ongoing Yonex Thailand Open after their fourth round of tests reports confirmed that both shuttlers have been tested negative for Covid-19. The Badminton Association of India (BAI), which had earlier in the day announced both players testing positive, being taken to hospital for isolation and pulling out of the tournament — along with another shuttler and Saina's husband Parupalli Kashyap — said late Tuesday evening that its "timely intervention" and taking up the matter with "top-most BWF (Badminton World Federation) officials" ensured that if further tests were negative, matches for respective players should be rescheduled and no walkover is given. [caption id="attachment_60913" align="alignnone" width="225"]<img class="wp-image-60913 size-full" src="https://indianarrative.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/c1e3e02ae4b10120447f2152ebfa80a7.jpg" alt="Saina Covid Badminton" width="225" height="400" /> India's Kidambi Srikanth on Tuesday tweeted images of himself with a bloodied nose that he said came from the multiple tests he underwent for Covid-19 in Bangkok[/caption] The Indian squad has travelled to Bangkok to participate in the Yonex Thailand Open championship which will be followed by the Thailand Open. "Continuous efforts from the BAI, including doctors being sent immediately when Kidambi Srikanth started bleeding, were taken up. BWF and Badminton Thailand were cooperative and BAI thank all the stakeholders for their support including the tournament organisers," stated a BAI statement. The governing body for the sport in India said that the matches of Olympic bronze medallist Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap will be rescheduled for tomorrow. However, Kashyap's participation will depend on result of his test conducted in the afternoon. The first tournament of the Thailand leg, Yonex Thailand Open began today..