B Sai Praneeth Tests Positive For COVID-19, Withdraws From Thailand Open

Bangkok: Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth has pulled out of the ongoing Toyota Thailand Open Super 1000 tournament after testing positive for COVID-19 here.

Former world number one Kidambi Srikanth, who was sharing the room with Praneeth, was also forced to withdraw as per protocols by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

“Badminton World Federation (BWF) can confirm India player Sai Praneeth B has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been withdrawn from the TOYOTA Thailand Open,” the governing body said in a statement on Tuesday night.

All other Indian players have tested negative following Monday’s mandatory round of PCR testing and were cleared to continue competing in the tournament upon producing a negative test result each day.

Last week, Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy had returned positive for COVID-19 results initially but were later cleared to compete in the Yonex Thailand Open after they tested negative in a fresh round of testing.

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