The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) will again hold a simulation tournament. After previously successfully holding a similar tournament which was attended by all residents of Pelatnas Cipayung.
However, in this tournament, PBSI will focus on preparing for one of the most prestigious badminton tournaments in the world, namely the Thomas Cup and Uber 2020.
It is planned that the Thomas and Uber Cup simulation tournament will be held again at Pelatnas Cipayung, in early September 2020. Later in the tournament, the players will be grouped into several groups, and the tournament will be held in half competitions.
In PBSI’s view, organizing simulations in preparation for tournaments such as the Thomas Cup and Uber is considered the most appropriate step, in the midst of the current Covid-19 pandemic situation. The 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup itself is planned to be held in Aarhus Denmark on 3-11 October 2020.
“We need simulations to finalize the readiness of our players,” said PBSI Secretary General Achmad Budiharto, as quoted from the official PBSI website.
Previously, as a form of heating up the athletes’ mentality and filling in the void in the tournament schedule, PBSI has held an internal tournament. Where one of them was the women’s singles final match, presenting a match between Gregoria Mariska Tunjung and Putri Kusuma Wardani.
Referring to the success of the tournament, Budiharto also considered that the implementation of the simulation tournament went well and was successful, even though it was held in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic that had not subsided. Even so, he still did not hesitate to provide evaluation notes.
“One of them is that officers are not used to using face shields so that it affects them in making a judgment,” continued Budiharto.
Badminton itself is one of the sports that continues to be intense in holding the National Pelatnas in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. PBSI requires all athletes to stay in Cipayung, so that they are safer from exposure to the Covid-19 virus, as well as diligently holding rapid tests to monitor the conditions of athletes, officials and coaching staff.