Although they will miss the tournament, the rest of the Indian team players have been allowed to participate in the event.
Top Indian shuttles Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy, who had recently recovered from COVID-19, tested positive again for the dreaded disease here ahead of the Thailand Open which kicked off on Tuesday.
The duo, along with the Indian team, were looking to compete in Asian stage events including the Thailand Open (January 12-17), TOYOTA Thailand Open (January 19-24) and the HSBC BWF World Tour 2020 Finals (27 January- 31).
“Saina and Prannoy tested positive for COVID-19 in a test carried out on Monday. They will remain in quarantine for 10 days in a Bangkok hospital. Kashyap will also have to go to the hospital because he is a close contact, ”said a source from the Badminton Association of India (BAI).
While the trio will miss the tournament, the rest of the Indian team’s players have been allowed to participate in the event.
Saina, Prannoy, Kashyap as well as RMV Gurusai Dutt and Pranaav Chopra had tested positive last month and had served the mandatory quarantine period.
They had also taken the COVID-19 test before departure and had also tested negative upon arrival in Bangkok.
The Indian contingent includes Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Sourabh Verma, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty and Ashwini Ponappa.
On the pitch, India got off to a winning start with a pair of mixed doubles from Satwik and Ashwini securing a 21-11, 27-29, 21-16 victory over Indonesia’s pair of Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Widjaja.