Lakshya Sen and co. return to India after testing negative for COVID-19

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The Indian badminton contingent, that was stuck in Germany, returned to India on Tuesday after testing negative for coronavirus for the second time.

The second round of tests were conducted by the German authorities on November 1. Lakshya Sen, Ajay Jayaram and Subhankar Dey were part of the contingent.

Defending champion Sen had to withdraw from SaarLorLux Open in Saarbrucken after his father and coach DK Sen returned a positive test for the virus. Former world number 13 Jayaram and 2018 winner Dey were also forced to pull out of the Super 100 event and put in isolation.

The three players, along with physio Abhishek Wagh, had tested negative ahead of the tournament.

While Sen, his father and Wagh reached Bangalore, Dey and Jayaram took a flight from Frankfurt to Delhi.

"We reached Bangalore at home this morning around 5am. We all are fine and healthy," DK Sen told PTI.

"We were in quarantine since my first test came positive. The German official did the second Covid test for all five of us on November 1, and thankfully, the reports came negative, so we immediately returned home."

While DK Sen was asked to stay in isolation till November 6, the rest of them were asked to undergo a mandatory quarantine till November 9.

Jayaram had asked for help from sports minister Kiren Rijiju, the national badminton federation and BWF, saying that the organisers had not given them any information or assistance apart from asking them to isolate.

Dey, too, had demanded compensation for the ordeal in his social media post.

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) then assured that they will pay for the expenses to be incurred by the two players "for the length of their quarantine in Germany from October 30 to November 10, on humanitarian grounds."

Sen, who claimed five titles in the senior circuit last year, including two BWF World Tour Super 100 top honours -- SaarLorLux Open and Dutch Open -- had received a bye in the opening round of the event. Dey, too, had received a bye.

Jayaram, however, had won his opening-round clash against against Belgium's Maxime Moreels before being forced to pull out.

The world calendar has been severely curtailed this year because of the pandemic and after a seven-month shutdown, it restarted with the Denmark Open earlier this month.

The upcoming tournaments include the Asia Open and World Tour Final, scheduled to be held in January next year.