Top Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram, Shubhankar Dey and Lakshya Sen were on Thursday forced out of the SaarLorLux Open after being put in isolation owing to contact with COVID positive father-cum-coach of defending champion Lakshya Sen,who has already withdrawn. The 19-year-old Lakshya withdrew on Wednesday after his father D. K. Sen returned a positive test for the dreaded virus. D. K. Sen is asymptomatic at this point.
“The three players: Lakshya Sen, Ajay Jayaram and Subhankar Dey will not compete further in the tournament, which began on Tuesday,” it added.
Later, Jayaram, in a Twitter post tagging sports minister Kiren Rijiju, the national badminton federation and BWF, said that he and Dey would like to return to India as the organisers have not given them any information or assistance apart from asking them to isolate.
“Owing to one of the players failing to follow the COVID protocol and the organisers failing to enforce the protocols set in place, I and Shubhankar have found ourselves in an unfortunate situation…,” he wrote without specifying the lapse on part the player concerned and the organisers. “We have currently been asked to isolate with absolutely no other information from the organisers including our meals.