Viktor Axelsen tests positive for COVID-19 forfeits European badminton final
the world number two in Badminton Axelsen Viktor was forced to withdraw from Sunday’s final of the European Championship in Kiev.
The 27-year-old and the world number two in Badminton Axelsen Viktor was forced to withdraw from Sunday’s final of the European Championship in Kiev, after testing positive for Covid-19. Axelsen was to face fellow Dane Anders Antonsen, who professed his first European title amidst a walkover.
Badminton world number two Viktor Axelsen returned a first positive test after beating Finn Kalle Koljonen in the semifinals on Saturday and must isolate in Kiev. Now the player will isolate himself in Kiev for several days according to the protocols, he will be tested until his report comes negative.
Axelsen is feeling well he is not having any symptoms or fatigue though, and he is waiting to get tested negative so he could meet his family back after 2 weeks from here as he believes it will take weeks of time for sure.
“Top seed and defending champion Viktor Axelsen returned a second positive test for Covid-19, ruling him out of contesting the men’s singles final of the 2021 European Championships today,” Badminton Denmark announced on Sunday.
“He will remain in hotel room quarantine for the next 13 days.”
“Axelsen, a singles bronze medallist at the Rio Olympics, said he was in good health. There is no doubt that there is nothing I would rather do than stand in the final today against Anders,” the narrative.
“I am also really sorry that it will take another two weeks before I can come home and see my family again,” he continued.
“These are the conditions we have to play under in this time where isolation and quarantine is a risk that we know is present when we compete. I still feel no symptoms of illness and am otherwise in good spirits.”