Ajay Jayaram and Subhankar Dey were scheduled to play their men’s singles second round matches late on Wednesday. However, in a late-night decision, the duo has also pulled out of the event.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed that the three players have withdrawn as a precautionary measure.
“BWF can confirm three players have been withdrawn from the SaarLorLux Open 2020 as a precautionary measure for all participants following having been in contact with a positive case within their team entourage.
“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 in isolation, in line with directives from the local health authorities and BWF tournament health protocols. 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,” BWF said in a release in the wee hours of Thursday.
Earlier, on Wednesday, the lone women’s singles shuttler Malvika Bansod lost to Kristin Kuuba of Estonia 12-21, 19-21. Lakshya pulled out after his father and coach DK Sen was found positive. However, Ajay and Subhankar were expected to play around 12.30 am on Thursday before they too had withdrawn. Jayaram, in fact, won his first round match on Tuesday and had to take on third seed Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands while Subhankar had to face Canadian Brian Yang in the second round.
Defending champion, Lakshya was disappointed with the developments at the SaarLorLux Open.
“Unfortunately, my coach tested positive…I feel that by being in close contact with my coach who tested positive, I should also isolate myself. I am the defending champion of this event and I am very disappointed and sad about this development. Under the circumstances, I do not want to jeopardise the safety of other players and hamper the functioning of the tournament. I request you to kindly grant me permission to withdraw my entry,” Lakshya wrote to the organising secretary of the SaarLorLux Open.