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India Open: Srikanth, Ponnappa among seven to test positive; 11 matches called off

As many as 11 matches were called off in the ongoing India Open in New Delhji on January 13, 2022 as seven shuttlers, including Kidambi Srikanth and Ashwini Ponnappa, tested positive for Covid-19. Photo: BAI
As many as 11 matches were called off in the ongoing India Open in New Delhji on January 13, 2022 as seven shuttlers, including Kidambi Srikanth and Ashwini Ponnappa, tested positive for Covid-19. Photo: BAI

New Delhi, Jan 13 (MNN) As many as 11 matches were called off in the ongoing India Open here on Thursday as seven shuttlers, including Kidambi Srikanth and Ashwini Ponnappa, tested positive for Covid-19.

The seven have since withdrawn from the tournament.

Others who returned positive test are men’s singles player Mithun Manjunath and doubles players Ritika Thaker, Simran Singhi, Khushi Gupta, and Treesa Jolly.

The shuttlers had undergone a mandatory daily test on Tuesday evening and their results returned positive.

The partners of the doubles players have been deemed as close contacts and have also withdrawn from the India Open 2022. Their opponents have been given a walkover to the next round, the quarter-finals.

As many as 11 second-round matches involving the COVID-positive players and their doubles partners were deemed walkovers on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the tourney will lose some more sparkle as Sameer Verma, one of the top players, has withdrawn due to a calf muscle injury.

Before the tournament had begun, former world championships bronze-medallist B Sai Praneeth and youngster Dhruv Rawat had tested positive for Covid-19 and they did not make the trip to New Delhi.

A four-member English contingent had also withdrawn from the India Open after doubles player Sean Vendy tested COVID-positive.

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