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


The Indonesian badminton crew has withdrawn from the continuing All England Championships after all of the gamers and the officers have been pressured to isolate themselves for 10 days following a COVID-19 constructive case in their flight to London, the world governing physique (BWF) mentioned on Thursday.

“… a number of players and team members from the Indonesian team have been contacted by the UK Government’s National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace service and are required to self-isolate with immediate effect,” the BWF mentioned in an announcement.

“In accordance with UK Government requirements, the entire team will self-isolate for 10 days from the date of their inbound flight after a person travelling onboard tested positive for COVID-19.”

The world physique mentioned outcomes of the matches which have already taken place will stand and “the draw will remain unchanged.”

“All scheduled opponents in the next round will be given a walkover,” BWF mentioned.

BWF later mentioned {that a} Turkish participant Neslihan Yigit was additionally pressured to withdraw as she was on the identical inbound flight from Turkey to UK because the Indonesian crew.

These withdrawals will deplete the sector, which has already been affected after Chinese, Koreans and Chinese Taipei shuttlers determined to not compete in the Super 1000 occasion.

Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and Jonatan Christie have been fourth and fifth seeds respectively in males’s singles.

In males’s doubles, world primary Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and world quantity two Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan have been the highest and second seeds respectively, whereas world quantity seven Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto have been seeded fifth.

In the blended doubles, Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti have been the highest seeds, whereas Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu have been the third seeds in ladies’s doubles.

“Tonight we’re in shock to hear the news that we (Indonesian players and officials) have to withdrawn from all england due to an anonymous passenger tested + for covid that board the same flight as we did,” Gideon wrote on Instagram.

Gideon slammed BWF for the mismanagement.

“It have to be taken to notice that BWF has failed to organise this matter. Before the flight, all of the Indonesia team have been tested negative & we were also been re-tested by the time we reached the hotel,” he mentioned.

“Some of you may notice that the game today was delayed prior to 7 positive cases they found in other team members (other country). After they have been retested, the result were ALL TURNED NEGATIVE. So why don’t we also have the same justice here?” he questioned.

The All England Championship was thrown into chaos after few gamers, together with from India, examined constructive for COVID-19 and a few outcomes got here inconclusive.

BWF quickly delayed the beginning of the opening day’s play and retested all constructive and inconclusive outcomes after “sufficient doubt was raised over the accuracy of the original batches of tests submitted by Badminton England.”

With all constructive and inconclusive outcomes coming unfavourable for COVID-19, the world physique determined to incorporate all of the gamers into the draw.

Gideon, who together with Sukamuljo, had reached three finals in the final 4 years right here, mentioned BWF ought to have a bio-bubble to make sure security of the gamers.

“And if there are strict rules for entering the British area due to covid, BWF should have enrolled a bubble system that guarantee our safety. Players should have undergone a quarantine before the event,” he wrote.

“To be fair, the person who has been tested + should have undergone another test because truly we have no faith anymore in the Covid’s test they ran because as you all can see all the 7 positive cases can turned into 7 negative cases in just 1 day.”

BWF and Badminton England mentioned “the decision to enforce Indonesian team players and entourage, and now Yigit, to self-isolate for 10 days was made independently by the NHS Test and Trace service.”

“This action is in accordance with the UK Government COVID-19 protocols and requirements as per its national legislation, and separate to any guidelines set by BWF and Badminton England …,” it mentioned.

“Subsequently, BWF and Badminton England had no other option but to follow the NHS directive and withdraw the participants from the tournament.”


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