March 20, 2021, 04.57 AM

Also read: Breaking News: Indonesian Badminton Team Withdraws from All England Open 

“Indonesia has no chance of continuing in the 2021 All England Tournament,” the 1996 Olympics gold medalist sighed. “We are now focusing on returning to Indonesia.”

The team is currently staying at the Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre, where they are self-isolating until March 23. The Indonesian Badminton Association reported that the players and officials in the team are still in good health.

Indonesian doubles player Marcus Fernaldi Gideon first broke the news about the team’s forced withdrawal from the All England tournament in Birmingham.

The UK’s National Health Service or NHS ordered the Indonesian squad to self-quarantine though they tested negative for Covid-19, after a passenger on their flight from Istanbul to Birmingham tested positive for the coronavirus.

The controversy provoked an outcry throughout Indonesia.

(Writer: Dian Erika Nugraheny | Editors: Dani Prabowo, Bayu Galih, Bernadette Aderi Puspaningrum)

Sources: 

https://nasional.kompas.com/read/2021/03/19/20213361/dubes-indonesia-untuk-inggris-kompetensi-bwf-tidak-baik-sehingga-terjadi?page=all#page2

https://nasional.kompas.com/read/2021/03/19/19045341/tak-lanjut-di-all-england-tim-bulu-tangkis-indonesia-segera-pulang-ke-tanah

https://www.kompas.com/global/read/2021/03/18/214533970/indonesia-ajukan-opsi-penghentian-all-england-2021

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