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Indonesian team, Turkey’s Yigit pull out of All England Championships after COVID-19 case in flight

Indonesia’s badminton team has withdrawn from the ongoing All England Championships after all players and officials were forced to separate for 10 days following a successful COVID-19 case when they fled to London, the World Bank (BWF) said on Thursday.

The BWF said in a statement that the number of Indonesian players and team members have been contacted by the UK Government’s National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace service and need to be separated immediately.

According to the requirements of the UK Government, the entire team will be separated for ten days after the date of their incoming flight after they knew about a passenger who was tested for Covid-19.

The world agency says the results of the games that have already taken place will stand and “equally will remain unchanged.”

The BWF said that all the opponents scheduled for the next round will be given a walkover.

The BWF later claimed Turkish player Neslihan Yigit was also forced to withdraw as he was on a similar flight from Turkey to the UK with the Indonesian team.

The withdrawal will reduce the territory, which was already affected after the Chinese, Koreans and Chinese Taipei decided not to compete in the Super 1000 event.

Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia and Jonathan Christie were the fourth and fifth seed respectively.

Of the two men, world number Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and world number Mohammed Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan were the top and second seed respectively, while seventh-placed Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto lost fifth.

Of the combined doubles, Praveen Jordan and also Melati Daeva Octavianti were the top seeds, while Greysia Polii along with Apriyani Rahayu were the third most populous in the female community.

Gideon wrote on Instagram that today they are shocked to hear the news that we (Indonesian players and officials) have to withdraw from all over England because of an unidentified covid passenger who boarded the same plane as us.

Gideon criticized the BMW for misconduct.

He said that it should be noted that the BWF failed to plan the matter. Prior to the flight, the entire Indonesian team was vetted and we were re-tested when we arrived at the hotel.

“Some of you can see that the game today has been delayed before the 7 good cases they have received from other members of the team (foreign country). After they were repeated, the result was ALL TURNED NEGATIVE.

The All England Championship was thrown into disarray after a number of players, including those from India, were tested with COVID-19 and some results came out differently.

Indonesian team, Turkey's Yigit pull out of All England Championships after COVID-19 case in flight
Indonesian team, Turkey’s Yigit pull out of All England Championships after COVID-19 case in flight

The BWF immediately delayed the start of the opening day game and regained all the positive and negative results after “raised serious doubts about the accuracy of the first set of tests submitted by Badminton England.”

With all the positive and incomplete results that came with Covid-19, the international organization decided to include all the players in the game.

Gideon, he and Sukamuljo, who have reached three finals four years ago here, said the BMW should have a bio-bubble to ensure the safety of the players.

He wrote that and if there were strict entry rules in Britain because of covid, the BWF should have registered a bubble system that ensured our safety. Players should have been separated before the event .

He also said that be honest, the person who was tested had to do another test because in fact we no longer have faith in the Covid test they were running because as you can all see all 7 cases found to be 7 cases in just 1 day.

BWF and Badminton in England said “the decision to force Indonesian players and their assistants, now Yigit, to separate for ten days was made independently by the NHS Test and Trace service.”

The organisation said that this action is in line with the principles and requirements of the UK Government Covid-19 and its national legislation, and is different from any guidelines set by BWF and Badminton England.

After that, the BWF and the Badminton England had no choice but to follow the NHS directive and also to withdraw the participants from the tournament.

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