Unidentified Indian woman shuttler forced out of Orleans Masters after COVID case in team entourage

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Paris, Mar 23 (PTI) An unnamed Indian woman shuttler was on Tuesday forced to withdraw from the Orleans Masters after a team entourage member tested positive for COVID-19 and she was identified as a close contact.

In a statement, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said that a total of three players have been withdrawn from the event which began with the qualifiers here.

'An Indonesian women's doubles pair has been withdrawn after one player tested positive to the mandatory PCR test conducted on Monday,' the BWF stated.

'An Indian women's singles player has been withdrawn after a team entourage member tested positive to the mandatory PCR test. The singles player was identified as a close contact of the entourage member and as a result the player has been withdrawn from the tournament,' it added.

The withdrawn players have been asked to self-isolate in their hotel rooms.

The BWF, however, did not reveal the identities of the players.

For India, the next player on the reserve list, Ira Sharma has been promoted into the women's singles main draw.

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