— Published 5 May 2021

A Danish player invents the personal sanitary bubble


The 2021 European badminton championships, which ended on Sunday, May 2nd in Kiev, Ukraine, will be remembered. But not necessarily for the right reasons. Despite a health protocol presented by the Ukrainian organizers as “strict”, and no less than 1,200 COVID-19 tests carried out during the competition, two of the five finals had to be cancelled. The reason was the discovery of positive cases among the semi-finalists. As a result, only three European titles could be awarded. To avoid close contact between the players and the rest of the attendees, including officials and protocol staff, the Ukrainian organizers had the novel idea of using drones to distribute the medals on the podium. And, last but not least: Danish player Viktor Axelsen, the 2017 world champion, who was tested positive during the competition, did not want to stay isolated in his hotel in Kiev, with three of his compatriots from the national team also affected by the virus. He was repatriated in a private plane, traveling in a completely hermetic box (see photo above). A very personal sanitary bubble…