Three Indian shuttlers withdrawn from SaarLorLux tournament as precaution

Lakshya Sen pulls out of SaarLorlux Open after father tests positive for COVID-19
Written by Shivani Naik
| Mumbai |

Updated: October 29, 2020 10:06:24 am

Lakshya Sen’s father is asymptomatic. (Source: File)

The Badminton World Federation late on Wednesday withdrew Lakshya Sen, Ajay Jayaram and Subhankar Dey from the SaarLorLux Open 2020 as a precautionary measure for all individuals following having been involved with a constructive case inside their workforce entourage. The constructive was recognized as DK Sen, father-cum-coach of the defending champion Lakshya, by the Sports Authority of India earlier. Sen examined constructive at a compulsory pre-tournament screening for Covid-19 at Frankfurt after arriving from Copenhagen. He is asymptomatic and in isolation.

BWF in an announcement mentioned, “The three players: Lakshya Sen, Ajay Jayaram and Subhankar Dey will not compete further in the SaarLorLux Open 2020, which began on Tuesday 27th October 2020, and all three players and the team entourage have been placed into isolation, in line with directives from the local health authorities and BWF tournament health protocols.”

The assertion added, “All three players have tested negative for Covid-19 following the testing requirements for the tournament and are said to be in good health overall.” Ajay Jayaram had gained his opening match 21-8, 21-Eight beating Belgium’s Maxime Moreels in simply 19 minutes and was to face Dutch third seed Mark Caljouw within the second spherical. Lakshya and Subhankar had first-round byes.

Isolated in his lodge room at Saarbrucken in Germany, DK Sen, says it was unlucky his son needed to pull out from the SaarLorLux Open in Germany the place he was defending champion. While his first ideas after testing constructive for Covid-19 in a check on Wednesday have been about his son’s profession and security of different gamers, this case throws into sharp aid the perils of sport persevering with to function in its older circuit format, making journey – nonetheless brief the gap between two host cities – crucial. And additionally perilous for the older assist workers.

“There’s nothing to worry. I am fine and well and praying to god for a speedy recovery,” DK Sen nonetheless advised Express. “We are in different rooms – Lakshya with his physio Abhishek (Wagh) and me separately. I have no symptoms and will follow every local protocol. We’ll take a second test soon to check when we can return,” he added. After enjoying within the Denmark Open mid-month, Lakshya had camped at Peter Gade Academy and travelled to Germany for Super 100 tournament which he had gained final yr. “We came on 25th and travelled to Frankfurt for the mandatory test. Thankfully, they both tested negative, and I’m now in isolation. It’s sad because he had worked hard, but withdrawing was the best option keeping everyone’s safety in mind,” Sen Sr mentioned.

While the Odense Super 750 had operated inside confines of a bubble with two exams cleared by gamers and all assist workers, journey in Europe the place circumstances are surging, is fraught.

While badminton took its time to restart, the Denmark Open had gone with no glitch, however the German occasion with 5 different Indian shuttlers within the draw noticed its greatest withdrawal in type of the defending champion on the opening day. Danish finalist Rasmus Gemke can be enjoying in Saarbrucken, as the tournament goes forward on schedule.

Earlier, the Thomas Uber Cup scheduled for early October had been cancelled after a raft of Asian nations, together with Indonesia and Korea, had expressed their reservations about touring to Europe. There had been hopes after the profitable conduct of Denmark Open which noticed a few high Japanese names, that badminton will settle into a brand new regular with tournaments going forward with restrictions and a fraction of in stadia viewers. The Asian leg of three consecutive tournaments is scheduled for subsequent January in Thailand.

“We’ll travel back once we get the go-ahead and focus on the next tournaments,” Sen mentioned.

This is Lakshya’s first full season on the seniors circuit and after exhibiting at All England, the Bangalore lad had proven over-eagerness to complete the factors, flubbing his second spherical in his final loss at Denmark. However, the curtailed European swing was essential to get into some kind of top-level sparring out there at Gade’s academy.

His coach is hoping that previous this speed-breaker, Lakshya will be capable of choose up from the place he left in coaching. “We’ll follow rules and do what’s needed to be done,” he ended.

© The Indian Express (P) Ltd

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