London 2012 Olympics bronze medal winner Saina Nehwal and multiple international tournaments winner HS Prannoy have been cleared to participate in the ongoing Yonex Thailand Open after the fourth round of tests reports confirmed that both the shuttlers have been tested negative for COVID-19.
A timely intervention by Badminton Association of India (BAI), taking up the matter with topmost BWF officials to ensure if tests were negative, matches for respective players should be rescheduled and no walkover is given.
After continuous efforts from 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.
The matches of Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap will be rescheduled for Wednesday. However, Kashyap’s participation will depend on the result of his test conducted in the afternoon.
Earlier in the day, both Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy were declared COVID-19 positive and asked them to stay in isolation for ten days.