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Badminton-Syed Modi men’s final scrapped after positive COVID-19 case

(Reuters) – The Syed Modi India International men’s singles final in Lucknow on Sunday has been called off after one of the finalists tested positive for COVID-19, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said.

The final was to be contested by French duo Arnaud Merkle and Lucas Claerbout.

“BWF can confirm one of the finalists tested positive for COVID-19 this morning. The other finalist is deemed a close contact and has also been withdrawn,” the governing body said in a statement hours before the match.

The other four finals on Sunday will go ahead as scheduled.

(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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