The YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships 2021 commenced today with a full complement of players as planned. The first televised match, featuring Kento Momota against Parupalli Kashyap, started at 2pm GMT.
An investigation into the testing and laboratory process was conducted following a number of positive and inconclusive results. This was done in consultation with representatives from Public Health England and the private testing companies involved.
All positive and inconclusive results were retested after sufficient doubt was raised over the accuracy of the original batches of tests submitted by Badminton England.
The outcome of the retest was deemed accurate and appropriate to use by Public Health England today, with all individuals who had returned an inconclusive or positive test previously are now negative for COVID-19 and cleared to resume their participation in the tournament.
An ongoing review of testing processes will continue, with players, team entourage, officials and event crew to undergo further testing as the tournament proceeds.