Ajay Jayaram, Shubhankar Dey back out from SaarLorLux Open after Lakshya Sen amdist COVID-19 panic

Source: PTI

Edited By: Anushua Aich

Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram and Shubhankar Dey were on Thursday dismissed from the SaarLorLux Open after being put in quarantine owing to in close proximity with COVID positive father-cum-coach of defending champion Lakshya Sen, who has already backed out.

The 19-year-old Lakshya withdrew on Wednesday after his father DK Sen came up with a positive test for the highly fearful virus. DK Sen is asymptomatic at present.

“BWF can confirm three players have been withdrawn from the SaarLorLux Open 2020 as a precautionary measure for all participants after they were in contact with a member of their team entourage who tested positive for COVID-19,” the Badminton World Federation said in a statement.

 “The three players: Lakshya Sen, Ajay Jayaram and Subhankar Dey will not compete further in the tournament, which began on Tuesday,” it added.

All the three players and the team entourage have been placed into isolation “in line with directives from tournament organisers, local health authorities and BWF tournament health protocols.”

Lakshya, Jayaram and Dey had tested negative preceding the tournament.

Lakshya, who secured five titles in the senior circuit last year including two BWF World Tour Super 100 top honours SaarLorLux Open and Dutch Open, met with a bye in the opening round along with Dey.

Nonetheless, Jayaram had won his opening-round clash on Monday.