India’s top commuter Lakshya Sen has resigned from Australian Open Super 300 badminton competition due to a sore throat. The 21-year-old contracted the virus just before the Hylo Open in Saarbrücken, Germany, where he was beaten by Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus in the first round.
Sydney will host the Australian Open from November 15-20. “I had a fever, sore throat and weakness after reaching Saarbrücken before the Hylo Open. I probably caught the infection coming from Paris,” Sen told PTI. “I thought it wasn’t that bad. I was training last Sunday, then on Monday I felt it got worse. I saw a doctor online and took some medicine. It’s under control now. But given the situation, I have decided to withdraw from the Australian Open.”
The Commonwealth Games winner claimed his decision to quit the competition was also influenced by the fact that he had no chance of making the World Tour final. “I had sent in my entries earlier as I thought it would help me qualify for the World Tour Finals, but now that’s no longer possible, so it’s better that I take a few weeks off, that I get back in top shape and start with my off-season training to be ready for the next season.”
Sen had a difficult few months because he had surgery for a “deviated septum” shortly after the world championship. This disease occurs when the nasal septum, a thin wall between the nasal passages, is displaced to one side. “I’ve had these conditions for the past few years. I couldn’t breathe properly on both sides of my nose. One side was completely blocked. The doctors told me it could only be fixed after I reached 18 or 20 year.
“But with a series of tournaments like CWG and the World Championships, there was no time. So after the World Championships I decided to have surgery.” Qualification for the Paris Olympics will begin in 2023, according to All England silver medalist Sen. “It took 3-4 weeks to fully recover. But my immunity was down. The operation went very well. But I couldn’t play 100% all the time,” said the current number eight global.
“I started playing just two weeks before leaving for the European tour. As my qualification for the world tour final was at stake and the doctor had also given the green signal, I thought I’d let myself play. ” “I plan to spend time with my family, improve and train for next season. I will probably play in PBL,” the Indian Open champion said.
Sen replied, “I’m off to a pretty good start,” when asked about his level of satisfaction with how things went in 2022. I felt really confident after winning some events and doing the final. It was a good season although I didn’t always perform well in the CWG, All-England and the World Championships.
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