Loh Kean Yew has Covid-19, withdraws from Swiss Open

Singapore’s first badminton world champion has withdrawn from the Swiss Open, which is going down this week (Mar 22 to 27) at St Jakobshalle in Basel.

Loh Kean Yew joins the greater than 470 million folks on this planet recognized to have had Covid-19, and the newest within the Singapore workforce to be contaminated. He examined constructive in Birmingham final Friday, the Singapore Badminton Affiliation informed The Straits Instances.  That was two days after he misplaced within the first spherical of the All-England Open to Denmark’s Anders Antonsen, who’s ranked third on this planet.

Loh had crushed Antonsen within the semi-final of the World Championships in Huelva, Spain, and went on to take the gold medal on Dec 19, 2021. Antonsen tied for the bronze with India’s Lakshya Sen in that occasion.

On Wednesday morning Loh additionally introduced his withdrawal from the Swiss Open over social media, placing up posts on Fb and Instagram.

“Been down with Covid over the previous few days, which is why I needed to withdraw from Swiss Open. My signs have been delicate and I’m monitoring my circumstances carefully. Many due to all of you on your care and concern. Take care and hold protected!”

He additionally wrote that he shall be “utilizing the downtime to unwind” and hopes to get again into coaching quickly “to arrange for the upcoming match marathon within the subsequent few months.” 

Photograph: FB screengrab/lohkeanyew

A spokesman for the Singapore Badminton Affiliation informed ST that Loh can not fly out till his Covid-19 assessments are detrimental, “so basically it’s a ready recreation earlier than he can depart and return to Singapore”.

The athlete will then prepare in Singapore till he heads out to South Korea, for the Korea Open (April 5 to 10) and the Korea Masters (April 12 to 17).

Loh’s brother and fellow badminton participant, Loh Kean Hean, continues to be enjoying on the Swiss Open, in males’s doubles and blended doubles occasions.

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His associate for the lads’s doubles is Terry Hee, and the pair are at the moment ranked 88th on this planet. Their world tour rank is thirty sixth.

For blended doubles, his associate is Tan Wei Han. Collectively they’re ranked 69th on this planet, and their world tour rank is thirteenth.

Loh Kean Yew’s rank, in the meantime, is tenth on this planet, and his world tour rank is sixth.

The Swiss Open would have been his first alternative to compete as a seeded participant within the Badminton World Federation World Tour.


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