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Indian shuttler Praneeth withdraws after testing positive for COVID-19, roommate Srikanth forced to pull out

Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth, has pulled out of the ongoing Toyota Thailand Open Super 1000 tournament after testing positive for COVID-19. Kidambi Srikanth, who was sharing the room with Praneeth, was also forced to withdraw as per protocols laid down by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

BWF said Praneeth had been “rooming with teammate Kidambi Srikanth at the official hotel” and so he too had to withdraw from the tournament. Srikanth had defeated Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin 21-11 21-11 on Tuesday. The world number 14 had withdrawn from last week’s event ahead of his second round after pulling a calf muscle.

Srikanth tested negative on Monday’s test and has returned negative results since arriving in Thailand. All other Indian players have tested negative following Monday’s mandatory round of PCR testing and were cleared to continue competing in the tournament upon producing a negative test result each day.

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