India’s badminton squad has been approved for the All England Championship after players, who tested positive for COVID-19, came back negative in tests conducted by the Board of Directors (BWF) on Wednesday.
Three Indian players and a support team tested positive on Tuesday while some were awaiting confirmation of their inconclusive samples, leaving players without much pre-tournament training.
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Danish foreign coach Mathis Boe wrote in a dated post: “There are no positive tests in the team. We are ready for all of England.” Instagram.
In an email to team managers on Wednesday, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Badminton England also reported that “after further investigation and testing, all team members have been returned to the draw after they had successfully re-tested”.
It also said that “after a greater than expected number of inconclusive and positive tests, a full investigation of the testing process and laboratory has been carried out in consultation with representatives from Public Health England and the testing companies involved.”
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“In the process of this investigation, sufficient doubts were raised about the accuracy of the test kits provided by Badminton England, which were deemed appropriate to retest.
“After retesting and further investigation, it was determined that the retest result would be the same.”
Earlier, the BWF and Badminton England postponed the start of the event by a few hours after a “large number” of inconclusive COVID-19 test results.
The prestigious Super 1000 tournament was earlier scheduled to begin at 9am GMT.
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The Indian campaign has plunged into chaos after reports emerged that three players and a support team had tested positive for COVID-19.
Indian badminton pair Saina Nehwal and Parupali Kashyap were also left confused less than 24 hours before the tournament began after the latter’s tests for COVID-19 were “inconclusive”.
Saina is also awaiting the results of her COVID-19 tests and the duo have taken to Twitter to express their displeasure.
Saina and HS Prannoy had to go through a similar experience in Thailand in January when they came back positive for a COVID-19 test but were later allowed to compete after further investigation.
Last October, Lakshya Sen along with Ajay Gyaram and Shubhankar Dey were forced out of the SaarLorLux Open after DK Sen tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.