Second-seeded Russian blended doubles participant Rodion Alimov examined optimistic for the virus and has withdrawn from the occasion. His blended doubles companion Alina Davletova has additionally withdrawn after being recognized as a detailed contact.
Though, world’s badminton governing physique did not disclose the identification of players, Alimov himself confirmed the event by way of his Instagram account.
“Positive test COVID-19 I am very sorry that you will not see tomorrow in the semi-final,” he wrote on Instagram late Friday evening together with the image that includes him and his companion.
As a end result, their opponents certified for the blended doubles ultimate after getting a walkover.
“Badminton World Federation (BWF) can confirm that one player from the current draw has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been withdrawn from the YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2022,” the BWF mentioned in an announcement.
“The player returned a positive result to a mandatory RT-PCR test conducted on Friday. His doubles partner has been identified as a close contact and has also been withdrawn from the tournament. Their opponents will be given a walkover to the final,” it added.
On January 12, as many as seven Indian shuttlers, together with reigning world championship silver medallist Kidambi Srikanth, have been withdrawn from the occasion due to the identical cause. Apart from Srikanth, the opposite players withdrawn have been, Ashwini Ponnappa, Ritika Rahul Thkar, Treesa Jolly, Mithun Manjunath, Simran Aman Singh and Khushi Gupta.
Notably, India’s B Sai Praneeth, doubles specialists Manu Attri and Dhruv Rawat had additionally examined optimistic for the virus forward of their departure for the nationwide capital and had pulled out earlier than the beginning of the event.
The complete England badminton contingent had additionally withdrawn forward of the Super 500 occasion after the nation’s doubles specialist Sean Vendy and coach Nathan Robertson examined optimistic for the virus.
The 2022 version of India Open, organised by the Badminton Association of India (BAI), is being held behind closed doorways on the Indira Gandhi Stadium’s KD Jadhav Indoor Hall.
The testing protocols have been carried out in accordance with BWF and BAI pointers and players are being examined on a regular basis on the resort and outdoors the stadium so as to guarantee their well being and security.
The competitors will proceed with the semifinal clashes on Saturday.