In the wake of rising Covid-19 positive cases at the ongoing Odisha Open, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Wednesday clarified that the tests are being conducted according to the protocols set by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). BAI secretary Ajay Singhania said that the tests are being held through a designated lab and there was no reason to question the authenticity of the reports.
“This is the third and last tournament of the India leg and as per BWF protocol, the host country designated the lab and in this case ICMR lab was appointed, which is the country’s best,” said Singhania. “As per protocol, BWF upholds the findings of this lab only. Similar process was followed at the India Open and Syed Modi International and no exception was made at the Odisha Open as well.” The BWF also stated: “The BWF through its senior tournament series manager Selvam Subramanyam said that the entire testing process was very transparent and conducted in the best manner possible and achieved high standards under challenging circumstances.”