Three Indian players tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the All England Championship, while some await confirmation of their inconclusive samples as India’s campaign plunged into chaos before the tournament kicks off, starting on Wednesday.
A member of the support staff also tested positive, leaving players without much training.
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“We have three players and one member of our support team who have tested positive for the virus. I find it absolutely absurd how this could happen, because we have been isolated in Zurich since the start of the Swiss Open two weeks ago,” said India’s Danish foreign coach Mathis Boe. He was quoted as saying sport.tv2.dk.
“We’ve been tested 5 times in 14 days and all the tests have been negative. We only got along with each other, so how could a test result suddenly be positive?” It was not possible to confirm the names of the players who tested positive for the virus.
Indian badminton pair Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap were also confused less than 24 hours before the start of the Super 1000 after the latter’s tests for COVID-19 came “inconclusive”.
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Saina is also awaiting the results of its COVID-19 tests.
“What kind of test is this? 31 hours later it’s still inconclusive and retest again God knows when… the matches start tomorrow!” Commonwealth Games gold medalist Parupali wrote in a tweet, referring to the world governing body (BWF).
Sina, the bronze medalist at the London Olympics, complained that she could not train for the tournament.
“Okay I have to do this now! Matches start tomorrow in All England and no Covid test reports have been made 30 hours ago. No practice, no gym.. for two days now,” she wrote on Twitter.
Saina, the 2015 All England runner-up, had to go through a similar experience in Thailand in January when she came back positive on her third COVID-19 test but was later allowed to compete after further investigation.