Saina Nehwal has been approved by the Badminton World Federation to participate in the Thailand Open.© AFP
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) said in a statement that Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy have been allowed to resume the Thailand Open campaign after their “antibody IgG” was found positive. In a media release, BWF said, “A positive antibody test means that a person has been infected with the COVID-19 virus at some point. It does not mean that they are currently infected.” In addition to Nehwal and Prannoy, Germany’s Jones Ralphie Johnson, who also tested positive for Kovid-19, has also been approved to participate due to IgG, a positive antibody.
to break @Saina @PRANNOYHSPRI And Jones Ralphie Johnson has been cleared to resume his spot at the YONEX Thailand Open. He tested positive on the PCR test but his antibody was IgG positive. Read more #HSBCbadminton #BWFWorldTourhttps://t.co/Rc8rt3uWLR
– BWF (@bwfmedia) January 12, 2021
Earlier on Tuesday, Nehwal, Prannoy, Janssen and Egypt’s Adhem Hetam Elgamal tested positive for Kovid-19.
While Nehwal and Prannoy at a hospital in Bangkok, Janssen and Elgamal self-quarantined at the hotel.
The four players went for a second PCR test and an antibody blood test for “further confirmation”, the release said BWF.
Although Nehwal, Prannoy and Jinsen returned positive PCR tests, their antibody was IgG positive and therefore did not pose a threat to the tournament.
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