Reigning European Champion and 2017 World Champion Viktor Axelsen will sit out next week’s European Games in Minsk after being sidelined by a powerful bout of asthma inflamed by a chronic grass pollen allergy.
Our 2019 mens singles finalist has been undergoing treatment for the past two weeks in his native Denmark but his condition has not improved significantly, forcing a last gasp withdrawl.
Minsk is currently in the midst of high level pollen forecast and Axelsen is not alone in suffering actute allergy with World Health Organisation research predicting more than 300 million individuals worldwide likely to suffer a chronic reaction - with higher rates registered in Europe.
“I’m really frustrated with the situation. I had been looking forward to going and there were also very important points at stake in Minsk in relation to Olympic qualification,” Axelsen said via statement.
“But I’m still not near being able to practise, let alone compete at a reasonable level, and therefore I have to stay home.
“I would like to wish the other badminton players and all the other Danish athletes at the European Games good luck. . I am sorry not to be able to make them company, but now it is for me to come up again and get a good preparation towards the World Championships in August. "
Reports from Denmark indicate Axelsen has been managing his grass pollen allergy for over two years but he continues suffers from coughing bouts and breathing problems.
It is reported that he will continue his course of treatment with the lung medicine department at Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen.
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