March 21, 2021, 02.06 PM
Indonesia's Praveen Jordan (L) playing with Indonesia's Melati Daeva Oktavianti stumbles as they play against Thailand's Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai  during their All England Open Badminton Championships mixed doubles final match in Birmingham, central England, on March 15, 2020. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) AFP/OLI SCARFFIndonesia's Praveen Jordan (L) playing with Indonesia's Melati Daeva Oktavianti stumbles as they play against Thailand's Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai during their All England Open Badminton Championships mixed doubles final match in Birmingham, central England, on March 15, 2020. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

KOMPAS.com - The Indonesian badminton team returns home on Sunday, March 21, after the Covid-19 nasal swab tests showed negative results.

The Red and White Squad conducted the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on Friday as a requirement for returning home. 

The team was forced to withdraw from the prestigious tournament after British health authorities on Wednesday instructed them to carry out 10-day isolation as a passenger traveling on-board with the team's flight tested positive for Covid-19. 

Facilitated independently by the Indonesian Embassy in London, the tests were administered by the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) doctor.

The sample was then taken to a laboratory in Birmingham and the results showed that the entire Indonesian shuttlers and officials tested negative for Covid-19.

"Good News! The results of the Indonesian squad PCR test in Birmingham stated that the entire team tested negative for Covid-19," said a statement from Badminton Indonesia.

The Indonesian team will depart London today at 5.40 pm local time by Turkish Airlines flight TK1972 via Istanbul.

After a two-hour transit in Istanbul, they will continue the journey to Jakarta by Turkish Airlines flight TK56. The shuttlers and officials are scheduled to arrive in Jakarta Monday, March 23 at 6 pm local time.

Based on the Indonesian government regulations, once they arrive in the country the team will undergo a five-day quarantine at the Grand Mercure Hotel. 

Their hopes of winning the title were dashed after they were forced to withdraw from the biggest badminton tournament, which took place at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham, 17-21 March.

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