Officially Withdrawing from the Thomas and Uber Cup, the Captain of the Indonesian Team Hopes the Tournament to Be Postponed

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Apart from Indonesia, it is certain that four other countries have finally decided to withdraw from the implementation of the most prestigious badminton championships for the 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup, which will take place in Aarhus, Denmark 3- October 11th.

The large number of participants who chose to resign, and there is also no health insurance regarding the Covid-19 pandemic from the local committee is the main problem.

Friday (11/09) The Indonesian team officially withdrew from the Thomas and Uber Cup. Reporting from the official website of the World Badminton Federation (BWF), in addition to Indonesia, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, they also took the same steps, namely withdrawing from the tournament.

“(The decision) is not sudden. Many considerations in the end (decided) to cancel, “said team captain Thomas Indonesia, Hendra Setiawan, as quoted by Media Indonesia.

The player who has the nickname The Daddies in the badminton arena said there is a big risk that must be borne if indeed the Indonesian Team forces to go to Denmark in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic which has not abated on earth.

Moreover, there is no guarantee from the 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup committee regarding safety, health and safety of athletes through strict health protocols.

. “PBSI already has its own considerations. The health protocol already exists, but there are more risks if you go. If you get there in the swab test, positive (covid-19), you have to be quarantined for 14 days, it’s useless to get there. “The team is one positive, the strength is limping,” he said.

Hendra further explained that the PBSI Central Board and the athletes had discussed various possibilities and also considerations, before finally deciding to resign. From the various discussions, most of the athletes were doubtful and afraid of the lurking threat of Covid-19.

“If the players are half and half, there is fear, but I want to play. If it’s half way, it’s useless. “Hearts and minds are not 100%, we don’t play optimally, especially when the Thomas Cup is a big game that needs focus,” said the 2008 Olympic gold medalist.

Although it is undeniable that this decision to resign was disappointing and sad, Hendra still has hope that the 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup events will be postponed until next year. Apart from the fact that five countries have decided to cancel participating, there are still several strong countries registered in the championship, such as Japan, China, the host Denmark, India, Malaysia, Germany, England, France, the Netherlands, Canada, Egypt and Scotland. It’s just that China has recently reportedly been rethinking whether to follow Indonesia’s steps to also withdraw from the tournament.

On the other hand, the Badminton Association of Malaysia will still communicate with the local government regarding the decision to send a team to Denmark.

The Covid-19 pandemic has made the implementation of the Thomas and Uber Cup in 2020 twice delayed from all schedules. Initially the tournament was to be held in May, then moved back to August. Subsequently, the schedule was changed again and the latest BWF, confirmed that the Thomas and Uber Cup will be held in October 2020.

Officially Withdrawing from the Thomas and Uber Cup, the Captain of the Indonesian Team Hopes the Tournament to Be Postponed

Apart from Indonesia, it is certain that four other countries have finally decided to withdraw from the implementation of the most prestigious badminton championships for the 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup, which will take place in Aarhus, Denmark 3- October 11th.

The large number of participants who chose to resign, and there is also no health insurance regarding the Covid-19 pandemic from the local committee is the main problem.

Friday (11/09) The Indonesian team officially withdrew from the Thomas and Uber Cup. Reporting from the official website of the World Badminton Federation (BWF), in addition to Indonesia, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, they also took the same steps, namely withdrawing from the tournament.

“(The decision) is not sudden. Many considerations in the end (decided) to cancel, “said team captain Thomas Indonesia, Hendra Setiawan, as quoted by Media Indonesia.

The player who has the nickname The Daddies in the badminton arena said there is a big risk that must be borne if indeed the Indonesian Team forces to go to Denmark in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic which has not abated on earth.

Moreover, there is no guarantee from the 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup committee regarding safety, health and safety of athletes through strict health protocols.

. “PBSI already has its own considerations. The health protocol already exists, but there are more risks if you go. If you get there in the swab test, positive (covid-19), you have to be quarantined for 14 days, it’s useless to get there. “The team is one positive, the strength is limping,” he said.

Hendra further explained that the PBSI Central Board and the athletes had discussed various possibilities and also considerations, before finally deciding to resign. From the various discussions, most of the athletes were doubtful and afraid of the lurking threat of Covid-19.

“If the players are half and half, there is fear, but I want to play. If it’s half way, it’s useless. “Hearts and minds are not 100%, we don’t play optimally, especially when the Thomas Cup is a big game that needs focus,” said the 2008 Olympic gold medalist.

Although it is undeniable that this decision to resign was disappointing and sad, Hendra still has hope that the 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup events will be postponed until next year. Apart from the fact that five countries have decided to cancel participating, there are still several strong countries registered in the championship, such as Japan, China, the host Denmark, India, Malaysia, Germany, England, France, the Netherlands, Canada, Egypt and Scotland. It’s just that China has recently reportedly been rethinking whether to follow Indonesia’s steps to also withdraw from the tournament.

On the other hand, the Badminton Association of Malaysia will still communicate with the local government regarding the decision to send a team to Denmark.

The Covid-19 pandemic has made the implementation of the Thomas and Uber Cup in 2020 twice delayed from all schedules. Initially the tournament was to be held in May, then moved back to August. Subsequently, the schedule was changed again and the latest BWF, confirmed that the Thomas and Uber Cup will be held in October 2020

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