“It is not easy being in a forced confinement in an alien environment. We want to come back to India soon but it is an individual issue. The game must go on. The conduct of badminton tournaments should not be affected because a few players or their support staff have tested positive. We could have tested positive for Covid anywhere,” Sen said.
Following Sen’s positive test, all the Indian players – Ajay Jayaram and Subhankar Dey besides Lakshya — who had been taking part in the Saarlorlux Open in Saarbrucken near the Germany-France border were forced out of the tournament and kept in isolation in their hotel rooms.
“It is not easy but we’re pulling on. Local Indian groups have come to us for help,” Sen said. “Coach Vimal Kumar has been coordinating things from India and there are Indian embassy officials too. So, we’re getting the food we want. It is not bad but no one wants to be in such a situation.”
He further said, “The local authorities have come to us to find out where all we had gone as part of their contact-tracing exercise. I hope this incident will not stall the badminton events. The sport must go on.”
Following the incident, Jayaram, Sen and Dey were sent to Frankfurt for testing. Although they tested negative, they were still forced into isolation. They got in touch with Vimal, who has been coordinating things from
“It’s not ideal but we are doing our best to bring them back as early as possible. My worry is that if the German borders are closed, by any chance, they would be stuck there for a long time. I can’t understand the rules. Lakshya’s father tested positive and his isolation is only till November 6 and the players, who are negative, have to be confined till November 9,” said a concerned Vimal.
“The Badminton Association of India has promised help. It will coordinate with the Indian consulate there. My only point is that if they had been tested again, things would have been different. Lakshya’s father is asymptomatic and who knows things can be better in the second round of tests. Do you know Cristiano Ronaldo was tested 18 times. Rules must be equal for all sportspersons.”