Olympic badminton champion Lee Yong-dae tests positive for Covid-19

Olympic badminton gold medallist Lee Yong-dae was put in self-isolation at home in South Korea after he was tested positive for Covid-19. Yonex, Lee’s sponsor, confirmed that South Korean took a Covid-19 test after he ate with a tested positive person. Lee subsequently returned a positive result before entering a quarantine facility, according to The Korea Herald.

The 32-year-old is believed to be asymptomatic but has been quarantined at home before taking a further test for the Covid-19.

The Korean star won mixed doubles gold at Beijing 2008 before claiming men’s doubles bronze at London 2012.

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He also won three silvers and three bronzes at the World Championships and was part of the Korean team that secured gold at the 2014 Asian Games.

After the Rio 2016 Olympics, Lee announced his retirement only to launch a comeback two years later.

He is now ranked world number 32 in the men’s doubles, with his last appearance on the Badminton World Federation World Tour coming at the Toyota Thailand Open in late January.

Earlier, World No. 2 Viktor Axelsen tests positive for Covid-19, forfeits European badminton final: Badminton world number two Viktor Axelsen was forced to withdraw from Sunday’s final of the European Championship in Kiev after testing positive for Covid-19

European Badminton Championships 2021 – Viktor Axelsen tests positive: Axelsen was to face fellow Dane Anders Antonsen, who claimed his first European title with a walkover.

“Top seed and defending champion Viktor Axelsen returned a second positive test for Covid-19, ruling him out of contesting the men’s singles final” Badminton Denmark announced on Sunday.

It said the 27-year-old Axelsen returned a first positive test after beating Finn Kalle Koljonen in the semifinals on Saturday and must isolate in Kiev.

“He will remain in hotel room quarantine for the next 13 days.”

Axelsen, a singles bronze medallist at the Rio Olympics, said he was in good health.

“There is no doubt that there is nothing I would rather do than stand in the final today against Anders,” the statement quoted Axelsen as saying.