KUALA LUMPUR: Everything is looking positive for the Badminton World Federation (BWF) restart of the sport in Thailand.
The BWF said in a statement that all 824 participants for the Yonex Thailand Open (Jan 12-17), Toyota Thailand Open (Jan 19-24) and the World Tour Finals (Jan 27-31) in the Green Zone quarantine bubble at Bangkok tested negative for Covid-19.
The Green Zone consists of players, their entourage and all stakeholders who would come into direct contact with them such as umpires, line judges, personnel from BWF, Badminton Association of Thailand, medical staff, and TV production crews.
All international participants were required to submit a negative result in their own country before departing for Bangkok and were then tested again in Thailand upon entry into hotel quarantine.
BWF said local players, staff and personnel based in Thailand were also tested and quarantined as part of the Green Zone bubble.
“Players are now cleared for training under strict safety protocols.
“The quarantine measures will be in place throughout the mandatory 14-day observation period including during the staging of the first Open.
“More routine Covid-19 tests will follow with strict safety protocols to remain in place until the end of the Asian Leg, which will conclude with the completion of the BWF World Tour Finals, ” BWF said.
All Malaysian shuttlers were allowed to depart last Sunday after 39 shuttlers and coaches were tested negative, however Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann was quarantined after being tested positive for Covid-19.
On Tuesday, all players in the Malaysian badminton squad in the quarantine bubble at Bangkok tested negative. — Bernama
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