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More COVID-19 positives at Thailand Open

A GERMAN coach and a team entourage member from France have tested positive for coronavirus within the so-called tournament bubble of the Thailand Open, a day after tests showed an Egyptian player was infected.

The Thailand Open is the first of three consecutive restart tournaments in Bangkok as badminton resumes after a coronavirus-ravaged 2020. The pair are under observation in a Bangkok hospital where they must stay for a minimum of 10 days, the Badminton World Federation said late yesterday. The federation said all players who underwent a test on Tuesday had returned negative results and strict contact tracing protocols had been activated. On day one of the tournament, there was a kerfuffle over four players’ test results and two Indian shuttlers were sent to hospital but later released. The federation later confirmed out of the four, subsequent tests showed only Egyptian mixed doubles player Adham Hatem Elgamal had the virus and withdrew from the tournament. Indian star Saina Nehwal was among three other players who initially tested positive but were allowed to play because their infections were historic. On court Spain’s Carolina Marin sailed through the first round yesterday as she made a fast start to her season, six months before her Olympic title defense. The former world No. 1 made short work of France’s 37th-ranked Qi Xuefei, winning the first game in just 15 minutes before sealing it 21-10, 21-12.


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