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All England Open start pushed back due to virus

The start of the All England Open was delayed yesterday to allow the retesting of some samples after a number of “inconclusive” and positive COVID-19 results among participating teams, the Badminton World Federation said.

The BWF said in a statement play would begin at 1400 GMT instead of 0900 GMT. “The BWF and Badminton England can confirm that a significant number of COVID-19 tests conducted ... were deemed ‘inconclusive’ and as a result, the samples will be rerun,” the governing body said in a statement. “BWF can also confirm a small number of positive tests were recorded and in agreement with Public Health England, these cases will be retested. These cases will continue to self-isolate while they are being retested.” The Super 1000 tournament will see the return of world No. 1 Kento Momota of Japan to elite-level competition after a car crash in Malaysia last year.


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