The India Open badminton tournament has come under the grip of Corona infection when seven Indian players, including World Championship silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth, withdrew after being found positive.
New Delhi. The India Open badminton tournament has come under the grip of Corona infection when seven Indian players, including World Championship silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth, withdrew after being found positive. The World Badminton Federation made the announcement in the early hours after which the Badminton Federation of India revealed the names. Apart from Srikanth, Ashwini Ponnappa, Ritika Rahul Thakar, Trisha Jolly, Mithun Manjunath, Simran Aman Singh and Khushi Gupta have also been found infected. The BWF said in a statement, “These players were found guilty in the mandatory RT-PCR test conducted on Thursday.
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Their doubles partners also withdrew because of their close contact. Their opponents will get a walkover in the next round.” N Sikki Reddy, Dhruv Kapila, Gayatri Gopichand, Akshan Shetty and Kavya Gupta also had to withdraw from the tournament though they were not positive but were in close contact. Sikki partners Ashwini in the women’s doubles while Dhruv plays with Sikki in the mixed doubles. Akshon and Simran are the mixed doubles partners while Kavya and Khushi are the women’s doubles partners. Earlier, 2019 World Championship bronze medalist B Sai Praneeth, doubles specialists Manu Attri and Dhruv Rawat withdrew after being infected before leaving for Delhi.
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The entire England squad withdrew after doubles specialist Sean Wendy and coach Nathan Robertson tested positive. 2022 India Open organized by Badminton Association of India is being played at KD Jadhav Indoor Hall without spectators at Indira Gandhi Stadium. All the competitive players are being screened daily under the Corona Protocol. Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu, world champions Shin silver and bronze medalist Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen, London Olympics bronze medalist Saina Nehwal advanced to the second round. On Wednesday, 27561 new cases of corona have been reported in Delhi and 40 people have died.
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