In addition to the Danish team, members of the Indian team and the Thai team have also tested positive for the virus.
Denmark’s coach Thomas Stavngaard has tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Birmingham for the All England Championships, reports Tv2.
All members of the Danish team including players, coaches and support staff are currently in isolation in their hotel rooms and there is a possibility that many of them withdraw from the tournament.
The entire team flew from Copenhagen to London on the same flight with Stavngaard on Sunday and also took the same bus from the airport to their hotel accommodation in Birmingham.
Stavngaard had tested negative four times over the last two weeks, but the PCR test which was done on Monday morning at the hotel returned positive. He is, however, not experiencing any symptoms of the virus at the moment.
There is no official statement from BWF (Badminton World Federation) on the situation yet.
It is not clear how many Danish players will be forced to withdraw from the tournament.
Head coach Kenneth Jonassen told Tv2, “The most important thing for us is to follow the right guidelines, but we will fight to get as many Danes in the tournament as possible.”
Positive cases in Indian and Thai team as well
According to the report, a total of seven people have tested positive in the PCR test and this includes members of the Indian and the Thai team.
Based on the protocols that were seen in Thailand, all players from Denmark, India and Thailand might be required to take a second PCR test before they can participate in the tournament which starts tomorrow.
Match schedules are also not available at the time of the writing of this article, which is usually available one day prior. This may be an indication that the situation is very serious and some even suspect that the entire Danish team might be forced to withdraw. If that is the case, a Momota-Axelsen showdown will have to wait.