Shuttler Loh Kean Hean dominated out with Covid-19 as S’pore’s blended workforce lose s-final to India, Latest Team Singapore News
BIRMINGHAM – On the eve of an enormous Commonwealth Games semi-final in opposition to defending champions and high seeds India, Singapore’s badminton blended workforce have been rocked by the information that certainly one of their key gamers Loh Kean Hean had examined constructive for Covid-19.
This meant he needed to be remoted and couldn’t play an element within the semi-final on the National Exhibition Centre on Monday (Aug 1).
Singapore ended up shedding 3-0 and can play England, who have been crushed 3-0 by Malaysia, for the bronze medal on Tuesday (Aug 2). The Republic had beaten the hosts 4-1 in the group stage on Saturday.
A Commonwealth Games Singapore spokesman revealed that Loh was not the one nationwide athlete concerned with the Games to contract the virus, as swimmer Ong Jung Yi examined constructive earlier and didn’t journey to England.
The spokesman added: “Kean Hean’s symptoms are mild and he will remain in Birmingham for recovery. Team Singapore’s medical team is extending their support to the team and is monitoring their condition closely.”
Loh, one half of the world No. 44 males’s doubles pair with Terry Hee, expressed his frustration at not having the ability to assist his workforce.
This can be the second time he was struck with Covid-19 after catching the illness in February to overlook out on the Badminton Asia Team Championships, by which Singapore received a historic joint-bronze to qualify for the Thomas Cup.
He mentioned: “I’m disappointed I can’t join my teammates on the court today. But I’m definitely with them in spirit and will cheer them on while in isolation.”
In his absence, Singapore needed to subject a makeshift 736th-ranked duo of Andy Kwek and Hee – who’re enjoying collectively for simply the third time – in opposition to world No. 8 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty.
While it was surprising for the order of play to begin with the lads’s doubles as a substitute of the blended doubles, the consequence was unsurprising as India received 21-11, 21-12.
Hee mentioned: “They are the higher workforce and we’re a degree down from them. We managed to match their velocity within the first half of the second sport, however we could not maintain it.
“Kean Hean’s constructive take a look at is an unexpected scenario and we’ll do our greatest with what we now have.
World No. 7 P. V. Sindhu then imposed her superiority on Nineteenth-ranked Yeo Jia Min with a 21-11, 21-12 girls’s singles win, earlier than world No. 10 Lakshya Sen overcame world champion and ninth-ranked Loh Kean Yew 21-18, 21-15 within the males’s singles.
Kean Yew mentioned: “Of course, there is some disruption to our preparations and line-up, but I’m sure whoever comes in for Kean Hean will give 100 per cent. This is a team event, so we all have to play our part and step up in our next match.”