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India Open: Sai Praneeth, Dhruv Rawat check optimistic for COVID-19, pull out of match | Badminton Information

High Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth, who received the 2019 World Championships bronze medal, on Sunday pulled out of the season-opening India Open Tremendous 500 match after testing optimistic for COVID-19.
“Sure, I’ve examined optimistic for COVID-19 in RT-PCR check. I had chilly and cough since yesterday. I’m isolating at house,” Praneeth informed PTI.
“I should look forward to no less than every week earlier than testing once more. It is a vital yr and there may be hardly any time to regain health. I hope I can get again to court docket shortly.”
Badminton Affiliation of India (BAI) common secretary, Ajay Singhania, too, confirmed Praneeth’s withdrawal from the USD 400,000 match.
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One other Indian participant, double specialist Dhruv Rawat, additionally examined optimistic for the virus forward of his departure for the nationwide capital to take part within the match beginning on Tuesday.
“We’ve obtained the withdrawal of Sai Praneeth and Dhruv Rawat as each gamers have examined optimistic. We’re strictly monitoring and it is necessary for all gamers to replace their RT-PCR stories earlier than reaching New Delhi. We’re additionally conducting assessments earlier than everybody enters the stadium,” stated Singhania.
In January final yr, Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy had examined optimistic in Thailand however had been discovered to be unfavorable after re-examination.
Organised by the BAI, the 2022 version of India Open might be held behind closed doorways on the Indira Gandhi Stadium’s KD Jadhav Indoor Corridor, with the governing physique laying down strict COVID-19 protocols.
“All of the collaborating gamers might be taking the required security precautions proper from their arrival in New Delhi as per protocol, and might be examined on a regular basis on the lodge and from there they are going to be having shuttle buses to come back to the stadium, play matches and return to the lodge once more,” the BAI stated in a launch.
“All of the gamers in addition to match, match officers, BWF and BAI officers, assist workers, distributors and others concerned should undergo a compulsory COVID check every day exterior the stadium, and solely after being examined unfavorable they are going to be allowed contained in the venue.
“BAI won’t compromise on the security of the gamers in addition to others concerned, and might be following all of the COVID-19 tips given by the federal government.”
Two-time Olympic medallist P V Sindhu and World Championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen had been among the many Indian gamers who’ve already arrived within the nationwide capital on Sunday.
Kidambi Srikanth is more likely to arrive late within the night, whereas Saina will land on Monday.
High shuttlers, together with world champion Loh Kean Yew and three-time males’s doubles world champion Mohammad Ahsan, had their first coaching session right here on Sunday.

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