After being forced to pull out of the Thailand Open even after testing negative for COVID-19, Indian shutler Kidambi Srikanth has resumed training. BWF protocols forced Srikanth pull out after his room mate B Sai Praneeth had tested positive for COVID-19. The 27-year-old had defeated Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin 21-11 21-11 in the first round on Tuesday before withdrawing from the tournament.
The protocols further stated that the ace shuttler had to undergo a compulsory quarantine for 14 days. But after the intervention of the Badminton Association of India (BAI) got his mandatory quarantine reduced to a week. Srikanth had tested negative in the mandatory PCR test conducted on Monday and had also returned negative results since arriving in Thailand.
BWF restricts the movement of Indian team
All other Indian players had also tested negative following Monday’s mandatory round of PCR testing. And were cleared to continue compete in the tournament upon producing a negative test result each day.
However, the Thai health authorities, Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) and BWF, had restricted “the movement and schedule of the rest of the India team as per tournament protocol,” which will be in place for 14 days till 1 February. 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.