Indonesian Badminton Team Return Home after All England Open Exclusion
The Indonesian badminton team returns home on Sunday, March 21, after the Covid-19 nasal swab tests showed negative results during the All England Open.
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.