The COVID-19 pandemic continued to hog the limelight on the Thailand Open with the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Wednesday confirming that two support personnel — one every from Germany and France — have examined positive for the lethal virus.
“Badminton World Federation can verify that one German coach and a group entourage member from France who’re collaborating within the YONEX Thailand Open as a part of the Asian Leg of the HSBC BWF World Tour in Bangkok, Thailand are positive for COVID-19,” the sport’s governing physique stated in an announcement.
“Each produced a positive end result to a compulsory PCR test performed on Tuesday.”
The BWF additional stated that the positive outcomes have been confirmed on Wednesday after a second test.
“They’re at present in hospital for additional commentary and testing, and are required to remain in hospital for a minimal of 10 days,” the BWF stated.
“Strict testing and get in touch with tracing protocols have been activated by Thai well being authorities, Badminton Affiliation of Thailand (BAT) and BWF to make sure the protection of all different contributors.”
The world physique additionally stated that each one gamers who have been examined on Tuesday have returned destructive.
Earlier on a chaotic Tuesday, Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy have been first pressured to withdraw from the occasion for positive COVID-19 outcomes however later cleared to participate after they examined destructive in a second test, invalidating their earlier positive outcomes.