India shuttler Lakshya Sen will miss two badminton tournaments in Thailand because of a sprain in his back which he sustained during training.

Lakshya Sen has been advised rest by doctors after he suffered a back injury. (PTI Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lakshya Sen has pulled out of two badminton tournaments in Thailand
  • Lakshya Sen had sustained a back strain during training
  • Thailand will host two Super 1000 events between January 12-17 and 19-24

Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen has withdrawn from the two monthly tournaments in Thailand due to a back strain that he sustained during training. Lakshya Sen, who won a silver medal at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, has been advised rest by doctors after he suffered a back injury during training.

“Unfortunately, Lakshya will not be able to play the two events in Thailand due to a slight back strain that he suffered during training,” PPBA Director and former India coach Vimal Kumar was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Thailand is scheduled to host two Super 1000 events between January 12-17 and January 19-24. Lakshya, who claimed five titles in the senior circuit in 2019, will not be able to participate even in the second event because of the quarantine protocols.

Lakshya had last participated in the Denmark Open in October before he was forced to withdraw from SaarLorLux Open, where he was the defending champion, after his father and coach DK Sen had tested positive for the coronavirus after reaching Germany.

“The players will have to reach Bangkok by January 4 and then stay in quarantine for a week to participate in the two events, so he won’t be able to play this time,” said Vimal, a former India coach.

Meanwhile, the Indian team, including Olympic hopefuls Saina Nehwal, B Sai Praneeth and Kidambi Srikanth, on Sunday left for Thailand to compete in back-to-back BWF World Tour Super 1000 events.

They were also accompanied by singles foreign coaches Agus Dwi Santoso and Park Tae Sang and doubles coach Dwi Kristiawan along with other support staff.



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