KOMPAS.com – Men’s national soccer team coach Shin Tae-yong tested positive for Covid-19. Shin was hospitalized at Siloam Hospital last Saturday, March 20, a day after he tested Covid-19 positive in his PCR test.
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Below are excerpts from the stories in Indonesia, curated by Kompas.com editors:
Indonesian National Soccer Team Coach Shin Tae-yong Tests Positive for Covid-19
The Indonesian sports world continues its slump less than a week after its vaunted badminton team abruptly exited the All England tournament after men’s national soccer team coach Shin Tae-yong tested positive for Covid-19.
“I can confirm from a number of sources that [Shin Tae-yong] checked into the High Care Unit [HCU] at Jakarta’s Siloam Hospital. But I do not know about his current condition,” said Gatot S. Dewa Broto, the Secretary to Indonesian Minister of Youth and Sports Zainudin Amali on Wednesday, as quoted by Kompas.com affiliate BolaSport.
“We heard that Shin was in Siloam Hospital’s HCU unit since at least last Monday, at the urging of the South Korean Embassy in Jakarta. We overlooked news of his hospitalization because our attention was diverted by the All England fiasco,” he added.
“The step is standard procedure among embassies here to aid their nationals, just as the Indonesian Embassy in London helped our Badminton team [at the All England Tournament]. It is also natural, as Shin is a well-known figure in South Korea.”
Earlier, Kompas.com received reports that Shin was hospitalized at Siloam Hospital last Saturday, March 20, a day after he tested Covid-19 positive in his PCR test.
Interim Indonesian Soccer Association or PSSI Secretary General Yunus Nusi confirmed Shin’s diagnosis at the time. PSSI hired Shin to coach the ‘Garuda’ or Indonesian national side in December 2019, after the Association fired Scotsman Simon McMenemy the previous month because of the team’s subpar performance in the 2022 World Cup qualifications.