K Srikanth, 6 others out of India Open after testing Covid +ve

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NEW DELHI: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has confirmed that seven Indian shuttlers have been withdrawn from the YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2022 after testing positive for COVID-19.

The players returned a positive result to a mandatory RT-PCR test conducted on Tuesday. Doubles  partners deemed close contact of the seven players have also been withdrawn from the tournament.

The players will not be replaced in the main draw and their opponents will be given a walkover to the next round.

Reigning World Championship Silver medallist Kidambi Srikanth, Ashwini Ponnappa, Ritika Rahul Thkar, Treesa Jolly, Mithun Manjunath, Simran Aman Singh and Khushi Gupta are the players withdrawn from the ongoing event.

Testing protocols have been implemented in accordance with BWF and Badminton Association of India guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all participants.

Round two of the tournament commenced Wednesday.