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Russia and Ukraine are at war, Indonesian badminton athletes hope to be safe

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Saturday, March 5, 2022 – 14:00 WIB

VIVA – The six-member Indonesian badminton national training team departed to take part in the BWF World Tour Super 300 Herman Open 2022 on Thursday night, March 3. They flew from Soekarno-Hatta international airport, Cengkareng, on Emirates Airlines EK359 via Dubai.

The six representatives are Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, Jonatan Christie, Shesar Hiren Rhustavito (men’s singles), Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto (men’s doubles), Rinov Rivaldy/Pitha Haningtyas Mentari and Adnan Maulana/Mychelle Crhystine Bandaso (mixed doubles). Accompanied by two technical trainers, Irwansyah and Nova Widianto, and a physical trainer Yansen Alpine.

Mixed doubles coach Nova Widianto revealed his team’s preparations.

“Preparations for the mixed doubles are very good because yesterday’s Asian Championship was not cut off. So we are really focused on this European tour. I am optimistic that these two young couples can get maximum results,” Nova said as conveyed in a written statement from PBSI.

Flying to Europe where the situation was heating up due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine raised concerns for the Indonesian team. But Nova hopes things will be safe.

“There is a bit of concern but hopefully it won’t spread. We compete away from the conflict area and hopefully everything will go smoothly there and we all want the situation to quickly subside,” he hoped.

It is known, the German Open 2022 will take place on March 8-13 at Westenergie Sporthalle, Mülheim an der Ruhr.

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