Viktor's joy short-lived in European meet after tested Covid-19 positive

Viktor Axelsen of Denmark competes against Kale Koljonen of Finland during the men's singles semi-final match at the European Badminton Championships in Kyiv, Ukraine on Saturday (May 1). - AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky

PETALING JAYA: Defending champion Viktor Axelsen's joy was short-lived after checking into the men's singles final at the European Championships in Kyiv in Ukraine yesterday.

The top seed Dane was tested positive for Covid-19 after his 21-14,21-14 win over Finland's Kalle Koljonen in the semi-finals on Saturday.

In a statement from Badminton World Federation (BWF) today (May 2), it said that the positive test result would have to be confirmed through a second PCR test that was conducted later on Saturday.

The result from the second test is expected to come Sunday morning Ukraine time.

Said Badminton Europe deputy general secretary: "An amazing badminton day just became very dark here in Kyiv – no one wanted this to happen, and all we can do is to hope for a negative test answer on the second test, although it is unlikely."

Axelsen is slated to play compatriot Anders Antonsen in the final but the latter should win it via a walkover.

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