- Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap and HS Prannoy have been allowed to play in the Thailand Open
- Initially there were reports that Saina and her husband Kashyap shared a room together
- Both of them were asked to stay in Quarantine, but later both have been allowed to play
Following the all-day high profile drama, the World Badminton Federation (BWF) has allowed Indian badminton players – Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap and HS Prannoy to play at the Thailand Open. Earlier it was said that these players are Kovid-19 Test positive and due to this they have withdrawn from the tournament. Early in the day on Tuesday, there were reports that Saina and her husband Kashyap shared a room together and both of them were asked to stay in Quarantine.
He was later said to have withdrawn his name from the tournament. But at the end of the day, all three were named in the draw and now they will play their matches on Wednesday. In the first round, Prannoy will face Malaysia’s Li Ji Jia while Kashyap will face Canada’s Jason Anthony Shue. At the same time, Saina will face Kisona Selvadureya of Malaysia in her first round.
The Indian team was found negative in the first two rounds of the Kovid-19 Test. However, there were reports of Saina and Prannoy coming positive in the third round Test on Tuesday. Badminton Association of India (BAI) General Secretary Ajay Singhania said, ‘We are in constant touch with the BWF as well as the organizers and our team management and players. It is a difficult time, but the BWF is doing everything to ensure full support to our players including their safety.
After being found positive, both Saina and Prannoy were taken to the hospital for at least 10 days in quarantine. Due to close contact with Saina, Kashyap was asked to stay in his hotel room in Quarantine.
After being found Corona positive, Saina expressed anger on Twitter saying, “My test was done yesterday and till now I have not even shown the report.” There is a lot of confusion here. Today just before the warm-up I am told that I am Corona positive and I will have to go to the hospital. According to the rules, the report should come within five hours.