Covid Strikes Again, Two Players Withdrawn From India Open Badminton Tournament | Badminton News

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The COVID-19 pandemic continued to wreak havoc on the Yonex-Sunrise India Open badminton tournament with two players pulled from the main draw ahead of their mixed doubles semi-final clash on Saturday. Second-seeded Russian mixed doubles player Rodion Alimov has tested positive for the virus and has been withdrawn from the $400,000 tournament. Her mixed doubles partner Alina Davletova was also removed after being identified as a close contact. The Indonesian pair of Yong Kai Terry Hee and Wei Han Tan thus qualified for the mixed doubles final after being forfeited.

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“The Badminton World Federation (BWF) can confirm that a player in the current draw has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been withdrawn from the YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2022,” global governing body BWF said in a statement. .

“The player returned a positive result from a mandatory RT-PCR test conducted on Friday. His doubles partner has been identified as a close contact and has also been removed from the tournament. Their opponents will advance to the final.”

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On Wednesday, up to seven Indian commuters, including reigning world championship silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth, were withdrawn from the event after testing positive for Covid.

Besides Srikanth, the other retired players were Ashwini Ponnappa, Ritika Rahul Thkar, Treesa Jolly, Mithun Manjunath, Simran Aman Singh and Khushi Gupta.

Earlier, India’s B Sai Praneeth, the 2019 world championship bronze medalist, two-time specialists Manu Attri and Dhruv Rawat tested positive and pulled out before the tournament started.

The entire English badminton contingent had also pulled out ahead of the Super 500 event after the country’s doubles specialist Sean Vendy and coach Nathan Robertson tested positive for the virus.

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Organized by the Badminton Association of India, the 2022 edition of the India Open is taking place behind closed doors at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall at the Indira Gandhi Stadium.

In accordance with COVID-19 protocols, all participating players are tested daily at the hotel and outside the stadium.

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