Thailand Open: Indian contingent clears COVID-19 tests; set to begin training

The entire Indian contingent has been cleared for training after testing negative for COVID-19.

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After a long gap due to the COVID-19 pandemic, competitive badminton for Indians is set to return with the Thailand Open in January 2021. The Indian camp left for Bangkok from Hyderabad on the 3rd of January and reached the city the next day. The rules and regulations with an eye on the spreading pandemic has been said to be very strict and rigid.

The Yonex Thailand Open is set to be held from January 12 to 17 while the Toyota Thailand Open will be held from January 19 to 24. There will also be the USD 1,500,000 HSBC BWF World Tour Finals which follows from January 27-31.

Players cleared for training

Speaking about the negative COVID-19 tests, “The Asian Leg in Bangkok received a boost with all 824 participants in the Green Zone quarantine bubble testing negative for COVID-19,” BWF said in a statement. “Players are now cleared for training under strict safety protocols,” it added.

“Indian Team will be resuming their training from today, the Gym timings allotted are from 2-3pm and the training time is 7-8PM,” the Badminton Association of India meanwhile, said in a statement. More COVID-19 tests are expected to be conducted along with enforcement of strict protocols.

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