Final day in Kiev at the European Badminton Championships. Out of five finals, only three will take place. The reason: two players tested positive for the Corona virus after their semi-final matches. As the second test on Sunday morning was also positive, Viktor Axelsen (DEN, finalist in singles) as well as Mark Lamsfuss (GER, finalist in doubles) had to stay in the hotel room instead of playing their finals. And probably for another 13 days, unless another solution for the athletes is found on a diplomatic level.
Similar to the Indonesian players at the All England Championships in March, who were flown back to Jakarta after a few days in quarantine. Their bad luck had been that another passenger on their flight to Birmingham had tested positive.
Back to the European Championships. So the title in the men's singles went without a fight to Anders Antonsen from Denmark and in the doubles to the two Russians Vladimir Ivanov/ Ivan Sozonov.
In the women's singles, Spain's Carolina Marin won for the fifth time in a row (2-set victory over 21-year-old Dane Line Christophersen). In the women's doubles, Bulgarian number one seeds Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva won in two sets against Chloe Birch/Lauren Smith (ENG) with 21:14 and 21:19. There was a surprise in the mixed. The 6th seeded Russians Rodion Alimov/Alina Davletova won the title after defeating Marcus Ellis/Lauren Smith (ENG) 2:1.