Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen is the later to pull out from the two monthly tournaments in Thailand due to a back strain that he sustained during training. The 19-year-old Sen, who won a silver medal at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, is recovering from the said injury and has been advised rest by doctors. Thailand is scheduled to host two Super 1000 events between January 12-17 and January 19-24.
“Unfortunately, Lakshya will not be able to play the two events in Thailand due to a slight back strain that he suffered during training,” PPBA Director and former India coach Vimal Kumar was quoted as saying by news agency. “The players will have to reach Bangkok by January 4 and then stay in quarantine for a week to participate in the two events, so he won’t be able to play this time,” Vimal added.
Sen claimed five titles in the senior circuit in 2019 including two BWF World Tour Super 100 top honours — SaarLorLux Open and Dutch Open. He had last participated in the Denmark Open in October before he was forced to withdraw from SaarLorLux Open, where he was the defending champion, after his father and coach DK Sen had tested positive for the coronavirus after reaching Germany.
Meanwhile, the Indian team, including Olympic hopefuls Saina Nehwal, B Sai Praneeth and Kidambi Srikanth, already left for Thailand to compete in back-to-back BWF World Tour Super 1000 events. Top seed World champion PV Sindhu will also represent India in the said competition. The local organisers have laid down strict guidelines for shuttlers and officials travelling for the competitions
Earlier, men’s world No. 1 from Japan Kento Momota, along with the entire Japanese contingents, also withdrew from the tournament after Momota tested positive from the COVID-19. Prior to that, China has withdrawn from the same tournaments after a surge of COVID-19 cases in the host country. The events are the last two qualifying opportunities for the World Tour Finals to be held from January 27-31.
The rescheduled Thailand Open is one of three tournaments taking place in Thailand this month, following disruptions to the badminton world tour schedule last year. Last year, only two BWF World Tour events have been staged, the Denmark Open in Odense and the SaarLorLux Open in Saarbrücken in Germany. All of these were held behind closed doors.
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