Bangkok: The Kovid-19 epidemic continued to make headlines at the Thailand Open with the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Wednesday, confirming that two support personnel – two from Germany and France – have tested positive for the deadly virus.
“The Badminton World Federation can confirm that a German coach and a team encourage members from France who are participating in the Yonex Thailand Open as part of the Asian leg of the HSBC BWF World Tour in Bangkok, Thailand. Kovid is positive for 19. ” The sport’s governing body said in a statement. “Both produced positive results for a mandatory PCR test conducted on Tuesday.”
The BWF further said that positive results were confirmed on Wednesday after the second test. “They are currently in the hospital for further observation and testing, and require a minimum stay of 10 days in the hospital,” said BWF.
“Strict testing and contact tracing protocols have been activated by Thai health authorities, the Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) and the BWF to ensure the safety of all other participants.”
The world body also said that all the players tested on Tuesday returned negative.
Earlier on a chaotic Tuesday, Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy were forced to back out of the event for the first positive Kovid-19 results, but later tested their previous positives after testing negative in a second test Invalidated the results.