Two players have been withdrawn from the Masters of Spain 2021 after a gamer tested positive for COVID-19. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has confirmed that two Russian women’s doubles players have been withdrawn after one tested positive in the mandatory PCR test on Sunday. The player has been asked to isolate himself. His stunt partner and coach have been identified as close contacts and have also been asked to quarantine them. Their opponents will be able to advance to the next round as the female doubles pair will not be replaced in the main draw.
The Spanish Badminton Federation (FESBA) and the BWF Continue to implement the test protocols implemented by the Spanish health authorities to guarantee the health and safety of all participants. The Spain Masters 2021 is a Super 300 event of the HSBC BWF World Tour. The first round of the tournament began on Tuesday.
Previously, tournament organizers Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) and BWF agreed to cancel the Singapore Open 2021 scheduled for June 1-6 with a view to increasing COVID-19 cases. The door to the Tokyo Olympics was closed for Saina Nehwal and Kidamabi Srikanth following the cancellation of the $ 320,000 Singapore Open.
The Singapore Open was the final qualifying event for Tokyo, which was scheduled to take place between June 1-6. The cancellation of this tournament put an end to those players’ hopes of appearing in the Olympics by doing well in the Super 500 tournament. It seemed like it was all over for Saina and Srikanth after the Indian Open was postponed (11-16 May) and the Malaysian Open (May 25-30).
Both players had to reach the top 16 in the race to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. However, Saina Nehwal is No. 22 in the women’s singles and Srikanth No. 20 in the men’s singles, with no remaining tournaments to score points. There are few concerns about the future of the Tokyo Olympics, as Japan continues to see an increase in covid cases.