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Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth, one of the frontrunners representing India at the Tokyo Olympics, pulled out of the ongoing Toyota Thailand Open Super 1,000 tournament after he tested positive for COVID-19.
Former world number one 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).
"Badminton World Federation (BWF) can confirm India player Sai Praneeth B has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been withdrawn from the TOYOTA Thailand Open," the governing body said in a statement on Tuesday night.
"However, Kidambi tested negative on Monday's test and has returned negative results since arriving in Thailand." (PTI)