The entire Indian badminton contingent passed the COVID-19 test on Wednesday and is expected to start training ahead of the Thailand Open, starting next week. The Indian team, which is part of the green zone, made up of players and all stakeholders such as referees, line judges, BWF staff, Thailand Badminton Association, medical staff and the television production team, was tested after arriving in Bangkok. The Asia stage in Bangkok consists of two Super 1000 events – Thailand Open (January 12-17) and Thailand Open (January 19-24) followed by the HSBC BWF World Tour finals at USD 1,500,000 (January 27-31) .
“The Asian leg in Bangkok has received a boost with the 824 Green Zone Quarantine Bubble participants testing for COVID-19,” BWF said in a statement.
“Players are now allowed to train under strict safety protocols.”
The Indian team, made up of Olympic hopefuls PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and B Sai Praneeth, have been given training schedules. The players also had their first gym session in the afternoon.
“The Indian team will resume training from today, the allotted gym hours are 2 pm to 3 pm and training time 7 pm to 8 pm,” BAI media tweeted.
Players will also now have access to physiotherapy in their rooms but they will have to make an appointment beforehand within the framework of the protocols in place.
“Strict procedures allow athletes to see their physiotherapist in their room once practice has started. A special procedure / appointment is required for any staff member leaving their room to visit the practice room, or in the case of a physiotherapist, the athlete they are treating.
Interestingly, Saina asked for permission to meet with her physiotherapist on Tuesday and later criticized the governing body for denying athletes access to coaches and physiotherapists.
“The Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) and BWF received a request from Saina Nehwal via BAI requesting permission for Saina Nehwal to see her physio,” BWF said in an official response.
“BAT informed BAI and Saina Nehwal of the protocol in the Prospectus and informed her that a procedure was in place to allow athletes to see their physiotherapy in their room only once training has started (January 6 ). “
The umbrella body said, “The Prospect makes it clear that all athletes and staff here in the Green Bubble in Bangkok are to stay in their rooms until training begins on January 6.
“The Prospectus was communicated to all participants and member associations well in advance of the tournament.”
The governing body also said that “quarantine measures will be in place throughout the mandatory 14-day observation period, including during the Yonex Thailand Open.”
“Further routine COVID-19 testing will follow with strict safety protocols to stay in place until the Asian stage is over.”
The Asia leg will conclude the 2020 calendar which was closed after the All-England Championship in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Denmark Open Super 750 and the SaarLorLux Open Super 100 were the only two events that could take place since March.
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