India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal had tested positive for Covid-19 before her first round match of the Thailand Open BWF Super-1000, the first major international unlockdown badminton tournament in Bangkok. However, after a few more tests, she was allowed to take court. Explaining why the doctors decided that she was no threat to the tournament and how this is good news for athletes who have tested positive in the past.
What was the Saina Nehwal case in Bangkok?
Saina Nehwal had tested positive for Covid-19 in a test conducted at Hyderabad on December 7. She was largely asymptomatic, would recover, test negative, wait a week and resume training before flying out to Thailand on January 3. After a week’s quarantine in which she twice tested negative, Saina would head for her third test on the eve of the tournament beginning on January 11. On the morning of January 12, she would be pulled out from warm up, be asked to concede a walkover, and told she had tested…
— to indianexpress.com