All England Championships: ‘No gymnasium, no follow for 2 days,’ tweets Saina Nehwal day forward of opener

All England Championships: ‘No gymnasium, no follow for 2 days,’ tweets Saina Nehwal day forward of opener

With only a day remaining for the beginning of the principle spherical of the All England Championships, Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal took to social media to precise her dismay at being stored quarantined in her lodge room in Birmingham for over two days

All England Championships: 'No gym, no practice for two days,' tweets Saina Nehwal day ahead of opener

File picture of Saina Nehwal. AFP

With only a day remaining for the beginning of the principle spherical of the All England Championships, Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal took to social media to precise her dismay at being stored quarantined in her lodge room in Birmingham for over two days with the standing of her COVID-19 check not being revealed.

“Okay I’ve to do that now ! Matches are beginning tomorrow on the @YonexAllEngland and nonetheless no studies of the Covid check completed 30hrs earlier than . No follow , no gymnasium .. for two days now . @bwfmedia (sic),” she tweeted.

Saina will open her marketing campaign in opposition to seventh-seeded Danish shuttler Mia Blichfeldt.

Given the state of affairs of coronavirus in the UK — over 40,000 folks examined constructive for COVID-19 up to now week — the gamers coming from overseas have been required to quarantine earlier than the event begins on Wednesday. This 12 months, there isn’t a qualifying given the COVID-19 restrictions.

Moreover Saina, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth, Parupalli Kashyap, HS Prannoy, Sameer Verma, Lakshya Sen are additionally a part of India’s singles contingent whereas doubles gamers Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty, Ashwini Ponnappa, Sikki Reddy, Pranaav Jerry Chopra, MR Arjun, Dhruv Kapila, Jakkampudi Meghana, Poorvisha S Ram, Ashwini Bhat Okay, and Shikha Gautam will even be in motion on the prestigious event.

Parupalli Kashyap, who will face World No 1 Kento Momota within the first spherical, additionally tweeted his frustrations, calling the testing protocols ‘past absurd’ and ‘ridiculous.’

The event just isn’t providing factors within the Street to Tokyo rankings, which has led to shuttlers from China, South Korea and the Chinese language Taipei to offer the Tremendous 1000 occasion a miss. Olympic champion Carolina Marin additionally pulled out of the event citing harm. Nevertheless, factors earned on the All England will rely for the World Tour Finals 2021, to be held at Guangzhou, China, later this 12 months.

COVID-19 protocol confusion

COVID-19 testing protocols at badminton tournaments have come underneath the scanner this 12 months, notably after Saina and HS Prannoy examined constructive forward of the YONEX Thailand Open in January this 12 months, however have been later cleared to compete the identical day.

Nehwal and Prannoy wanted to be taken to a hospital whereas Nehwal’s husband Kashyap was additionally requested to self-quarantine as a result of him sharing a room with Saina. The gamers then underwent a second PCR check and an antibody blood check for additional affirmation.

 

It turned out that Nehwal and Prannoy had examined constructive on the PCR check however their antibody IgG was constructive as properly.  (A constructive antibody check means an individual has been contaminated with the COVID-19 virus in some unspecified time in the future up to now. It doesn’t imply they’re at present contaminated). Nehwal and Prannoy had contracted COVID-19 in late 2020.

Whereas initially Nehwal and Kashyap’s singles matches had been declared a walkover in favour of their opponent’s, they have been rescheduled for the following day after they have been cleared by the Prognosis and Investigation Committee of the Thailand Ministry of Public Well being, which was a working group of six medical doctors that has been fashioned only for this event.

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