Here's why the doctors decided that Saina Nehwal was no threat to the tournament and how this is good news for athletes who have tested positive in the past.
The Indians duo last played a tournament exactly a year back, having skipped the All England and then getting stuck in lockdown in separate cities.
TV 2 Sport of Denmark has been chronicling quarantine and isolation woes of Danish shuttlers. Russian doubles veteran Ivan Sozhonov was recorded by partner Vladimir Ivanov, literally shuddering while the testing official poked the swab stick fishing for a sample.
It's been a nervous spring and one long winter of the pandemic pause, but the rustiness aside, Sindhu seemed none the worse for the wear. It's early season still, and the August Olympics will be her main target.
According to the BWF, the Thailand Public Health Ministry’s six-member “working group” of doctors initially determined that Nehwal and Prannoy, and a German player, had “tested positive on the PCR test”. But they also said that the players’ “antibody IgG was positive”.
Nothing slyly microscopic, nor towering like her Indonesian opponent, could stop India's top mixed doubles pairing of Ashwini and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy from scalping World No.8 Hafiz Fazal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja at the Thailand Super 1000.
"This is where I belong, and these are the people who make me who I am – back on the court and playing with my partners, this is what life is all about!" Satwiksairaj Rankireddy captioned a happy frame with two teammates — Ashwini Ponappa and Chirag Shetty — who had helped him tide over a Covid-19 recovery.
In a panel Integrity Unit investigation by the Badminton World Federation that concluded after events dating as far back as 2015, the kingpin of this series of fixed matches, Hendra Tandjaya, a 32-year-old doubles floater on the lower circuit explained during his confessions what "nyabon" meant: "playing a match to fix a particular result."
What made this summer of quiet, persistent protest fascinating was that the Rev Raphael Warnock, a Black pastor, was contesting against the co-owner of Atlanta Dream, the sitting Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler.
Saina Nehwal after posting an incandescent selfie, however, revealed her displeasure at some rules.
Decidedly uncomfortable about her body at the outset, Krishna, now 5’10”, would begin to see her own uniqueness amidst a bunch of mediocre-built athletes.
B-Boy Kid Karam talks about his journey from watching B-Boys at funfair do head whirls upto reaching higher echelons of newest Olympic sport
With restrictions on flights from the UK, and Sindhu needing to be in Bangkok on January 3, it is looking increasingly difficult for India's top player to make the trip to South-East Asia.
While the two are back to training at an unused badminton court in Hyderabad after rallying back from their Covid-19 infections, Kashyap recalls the fortnight that saw them stay largely asymptomatic, save for the loss of taste and smell.
As Breaking — a sport where breakdancers, or B-Boy dance-athletes, duel against each other and are judged on skills — heads to the 2024 Paris Olympics, rising global star B-Boy Kid Karam, with roots in Punjab, has put himself in contention.
Breakdancing at the Olympics: While the old school hasn't stopped rolling its eyes, the regulars on the breaking circuit vouch for this new Olympic discipline's faster, higher and stronger fundamentals.
The Australian jersey comes on the back of criticism of the Australian men's team for not taking a knee during a limited-over series in England in September in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
It has been a decent freshman year for India's only racer on the F2 circuit, after scoring his first points at Hungary, finishing 5th in Russia in the feature race and a fighting 4th in the sprint race at Silverstone.
Comfortable, stylish and convenient - activewear is the Indian woman’s own superhero suit
India's top archers recount how a mid-June wedding and a calming stay at home offset all other travails of a pandemic year.
Salvi has fashioned a nine-yard drape that is most comfortably suited to running, and has spoken of how women in rural Maharashtra carry out just about any task in the unfussy nouvari effortlessly.
With a sharp passing eye, long jumpers drained to perfection, and a swell passing game, Obama aced what Americans adore the most in sport: an ‘assist’.
A crowd of 10,000 watched the Argentines at the Bankwest Stadium in Sydney hand out a neat demolition of the All Blacks - who now for the first time have suffered back to back losses since the start of the decade.
On Thursday, Appasaheb Gaikwad of Supe village in Paithan of Aurangabad, Marathwada, will live out what he calls "the most important 3 minutes of my life", when he guns for the Guinness Book record of 210 squats in 180 seconds.
Here's how sport's lingo and lore sidled neatly into political commentary.
Inside 51st International Film Festival of India's opening ceremony