“Though Saina was part of that friend’s group she must be having strong antibodies.”

Four Indian players test positive for Covid-19 after attending a wedding. The players are Parupalli Kashyap, H. S. Prannoy, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and R. M. V.  Gurusaidutt.

According to reports, all of them possibly contracted the virus at Gurusaidutt’s wedding that was on 25 November.

It is reported that one of the attendees felt unwell after the festivities and started to develop some Covid-19 symptoms and later tested positive for the virus. The person was one who was in close contact with the Indian shuttlers.

Kashyap’s wife, Saina Nehwal, who also attended the wedding tested negative for the virus.

The national training centre, Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy, went through a Covid-19 scare again. The academy was temporarily shut down in August after doubles player Sikki Reddy tested positive for the virus.

Kashyap and Prannoy are not a part of the national camp training for the Tokyo Olympics, but they train with the rest of the team at the academy. All members of the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy have tested negative for the virus and training has resumed.

A coach at the academy told TOI that Kashyap and Prannoy are currently under quarantine for 14 days. “They will join the Academy after a couple of weeks. They are recovering quite well. All of them are preparing for the Asia leg to be held in Thailand next month.”

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