Saarbrucken:Indian shuttlers Lakshya Sen, Ajay Jayaram and Shubhankar Dey were forced to withdraw from the SaarLorLux Open 2020 as a precautionary measure for all participants after having been in contact with a COVID positive case within their team entourage.
The positive was identified as D K Sen, father-cum-coach of the defending champion Lakshya Sen. D K Sen is asymptomatic and in isolation.
"BWF can confirm three players have been withdrawn from the SaarLorLux Open 2020 as a precautionary measure for all participants after they were in contact with a member of their team entourage who tested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.
All 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,'' it added.Lakshya, Jayaram and Dey had tested negative ahead of the tournament.
Ajay Jayaram had won his opening match 21-8, 21-8 beating Belgium's Maxime Moreels in just 19 minutes on Monday and was to face Dutch third seed Mark Caljouw in the second round. Lakshya and Subhankar had first-round byes. After the withdrawal, India's challenge in the event came to an end at the tournament.(UNI)