Defending Champion Lakshya Sen who was due to play the SaarLorLux Open in Germany this week has pulled out of the event after his coach DK Sen tested positive for Covid-19. Sen, his coach, and physio arrived in Saarbrucken on October 25 for the tournament and were advised to travel to Frankfurt for COVID testing. The reports were received on October 27 where Sen and his physio came COVID negative but his coach came positive (asymptomatic).
So as to not hamper the functioning of the tournament and jeopardise the other players, Sen has pulled out of the event and informed the organisers.
Sen and his coach have requested another COVID test in order to determine their return date to India.
Sen’s participation in this tournament, the Denmark Open, and 15 days of training at Peter Gade Academy have been funded by TOPS.
Disappointed Sen was raring to go after Denmark Open exit
Sen wrote a letter to the organisers where he termed his recent developments as unfortunate.
“I am the defending champion of this event and I am very disappointed and sad with this development,” he wrote in his letter to the organising secretary.
“Under the circumstances, I do not want to jeopardise the safety of other players and hamper the functioning of the tournament,” he added.
Sen won the first round of the Denmark Open in an exciting battle with Christo Popov. He lost to Vittinghus Hans-Kristian Solberg in the second round by 21-15,7-21,17-21.
He faced a little problem with his lower back after the first match of the tournament. His coach later confirmed after scans that Sen had fully recovered and was raring to go for the next challenge in Germany.