Badminton: Virus symptoms mild, will use time to unwind, says Loh Kean Yew after testing positive


SINGAPORE – Badminton world champion Loh Kean Yew has pulled out of this week’s Swiss Open after contracting Covid-19 on Friday (March 18).

A Singapore Badminton Association spokesman instructed The Straits Times on Tuesday that the 24-year-old examined positive whereas finally week’s All England Open in Birmingham.

He added: “Therefore, he’s not nicely sufficient to compete in Switzerland and can’t fly till he checks unfavorable.

“His symptoms have been mild and he is able to go on as normal in England, so essentially it is a waiting game before he can leave and return to Singapore.”

Loh will prepare right here earlier than heading to the April 5-10 Korea Open and April 12-17 Korea Masters. He is then slated for the May 8-15 Thomas Cup in Thailand and April 26-May 1 Badminton Asia Championships within the Philippines, adopted by the May 12-23 South-east Asian Games in Vietnam.

He wrote on his Instagram web page on Wednesday: “My symptoms have been gentle and I’m monitoring my situations intently.

“Will use the downtime to unwind and I hope I am able to resume training soon to prepare for the upcoming tournament marathon in the next few months.”

Several gamers have pulled out of the Swiss Open, which ends on Sunday. Among them embrace Indian Lakshya Sen, who misplaced to Viktor Axelsen within the All England males’s closing.

Sen’s run to the ultimate moved him up two spots to No. 9 on this planet rankings and pushed Loh to No. 10.

The Swiss Open would have been Loh’s first outing as a seeded participant in a Badminton World Federation World Tour match.

After his historic world championship victory final December, he has had a blended begin to 2022. He reached the India Open closing in January – shedding to Sen – and helped Singapore clinch a bronze medal on the Badminton Asia Team Championships a month later.

But he has misplaced within the first spherical of his final two occasions, the German Open and All England Open, earlier this month.

The withdrawals on the Swiss Open have benefited Singaporean males’s doubles pair Loh Kean Hean and Terry Hee. The world No. 88 duo had been moved into the primary draw and will face Scotland’s Thirty sixth-ranked Alexander Dunn and Adam Hall within the first spherical.

In the blended doubles, Hee will mix with Tan Wei Han as a 102nd-ranked duo to tackle a qualifier within the first spherical.

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