In the second RT-PCR tests done for Covid-19 on 11 national campers and support staff training at the Gopichand Academy, both doubles player Sikki Reddy and team physio Kiran Challangundla have tested negative. The tests were done on Friday at the Continental Hospital, and results were received on Saturday.
Confirming the development, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said in a statement,”Shuttler Sikki Reddy and Physiotherapist Kiran C, who were part of the Badminton National Camp at Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad and had tested positive for COVID-19, took the RT PCR test again, and both have tested negative.”
“The decision to test them again was taken because both were asymptomatic and even their family members were COVID-19 negative. Following the fresh test results, national chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand has said, “Since all campers are covid negative, we have decided to go ahead with the camp, following the SOP. Training will resume at the academy from Monday, August 17,” the statement further said.