Setback for Antonsen as he tests positive for Covid-19


Denmark's Anders Antonsen plays during the men's singles final against his compatriot Rasmus Gemke at the Danisa Denmark Open Badminton in Odense, Denmark, on October 18,2020. (Photo by Claus Fisker/ Ritzau Scanpix/ AFP)/ Denmark OUT

PETALING JAYA: World No. 3 shuttler Anders Antonsen (pic) has suffered a setback ahead of the Asian legs of the World Tour in Bangkok next month after he was tested positive for Covid-19.

The 23-year-old confirmed on Instagram that he has contracted the virus.

“Unfortunately I tested positive last week, ” he wrote.

“I felt sick for a few days but nothing too bad. But now I feel fine and have been doing so for a few days.

“I hope to get back to training really soon and continue my preparations for the upcoming tournaments in January.”

The media in Denmark reported that Antonsen was tested positive on Friday which forced several other players who came into contact with him in Aarhus, to go into self-isolation.

Antonsen is not the only international badminton star to have tested positive.

Four Indian shuttlers – H.S. Prannoy, P. Kashyap, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and R.M.V. Gurusaidutt – were also infected.

According to reports in India, the quartet were suspected to have contracted the virus during Gurusaidutt’s wedding on Nov 25.

However, former world No. 1 women’s singles player Saina Nehwal, who was also at the event, tested negative.

The affected players are also expected to be part of the three-tournament bubble in Bangkok comprising the Toyota Thailand Open, Yonex Thailand Open and World Tour Finals.

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