Indian players Ajay Jayaram, Subhankar Dey and Lakshya Sen have pulled out of the SaarLorLux Open after Lakshya Sen’s father, who is also his coach, tested positive for Covid-19.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) in a press release said all three players have been placed under isolation even though they tested negative for the virus.

All members of the Indian team have been placed in isolation as per the BWF tournament health protocols, local health authorities and tournament organizers.

The statement from the BWF also stated that all three players were in good health.

Lakshya Sen, the defending champion of the tournament expressed his disappointment at the situation while requesting for his withdrawal from the tournament.

As quoted by TOI, Sen wrote, “I am the defending champion of this event and I am very disappointed and sad about this development. Under the circumstances, I do not want to jeopardise the safety of other players and hamper the functioning of the tournament.”