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7 Badminton Players Test Covid-19 Positive, Withdrawn From Ongoing India Open 2022

Players will not be replaced in the main draw and their opponents will be given a walkover to the next round.

Kidambi Srikanth Becomes First Indian Man To Win Silver Medal In Badminton World Championships(Image: PTI)
Kidambi Srikanth Becomes First Indian Man To Win Silver Medal In Badminton World Championships(Image: PTI)

New Delhi: Indian Badminton players; Kidambi Srikanth, Ashwini Ponnappa, Treesa Jolly were among the seven players who tested positive for coronavirus in India Open 2022. Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Thursday confirmed that seven players have been withdrawn from the ongoing India Open 2022 after testing positive for COVID-19.

Other players who tested positive for Covid-19 are Simran Aman Singh, Ritika Thaker, Mithun Manjunath and Khushi Gupta. According to BWF, the players will not be replaced in the main draw and their opponents will be given a walkover to the next round.

“The players returned a positive result to a mandatory RT-PCR test conducted on Tuesday. Doubles partners deemed close contact of the seven players have also been withdrawn from the tournament,” BWF said in a statement.

“Testing protocols have been implemented in accordance with Badminton World Federation and Badminton Association of India guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all participants,” the statement further read.

Round two of the India Open commences on Thursday. Currently India is reporting a peak of third coronavirus wave in the country. Delhi lately recorded more than 21,000 daily cases in on an average and sees positivity rate of 26.22 per cent. A hue surge in the cases is noted due to Omicron infection that is said to have highest transmissibility.

(Inputs from ANI &PTI)

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