Three Indian shuttles have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the All-England Championship, while several are awaiting confirmation of their unconvincing rehearsals as India’s campaign is thrown into chaos ahead of Wednesday’s tournament.
A member of the support staff also scored positively, leaving the players without much practice.
“We have three players and one support staff member who have tested positive. I find it completely absurd how this can happen, as we have been isolated in Zurich since the Swiss Open started two weeks ago,” India
Danish foreign coach Mathais Boe said, quoted by sport.tv2.dk.
“We were tested 5 times in 14 days and all the tests were negative. We only understood each other, so how can they suddenly get a positive result?”
The names of players who have passed positive tests cannot be confirmed.
Indian badminton pair Saina Neval and Parupali Kasyap also remained confused less than 24 hours before the start of the Super 1000 tournament, after the latter’s tests for COVID-19 came “unconvincing”.
Saina is also awaiting her results for her COVID-19 tests.
“What kind of testing is this? 31 hours later it’s still unconvincing and a re-test again God knows when … the matches start tomorrow!”, Wrote the gold medalist of the Games of the British Community Parupali in a tweet, marking the world governing body (BWF ).
The bronze medalist from the Olympic Games in London Saina complained that she could not train for the tournament.
“Okay, I have to do this now! The matches start tomorrow all over England and there are still no reports of the Covid test taken 30 hours ago. No training, no fitness … for 2 days now,” she wrote on Twitter.
The runners-up in 2015 across England, Saina had to go through a similar experience in Thailand in January when she returned positive in a third COVID-19 test but was released to compete later after further investigation.