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The Sad Story of Indonesian Badminton Athletes in All England, BWF Attacked by Netizens

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Saturday, February 26, 2022 – 00:02 WIB

VIVA – The BWF World Tour Super 1000, All England Open 2022 will be held March 16-20 at Birmingham’s Utlita Arena. Talking about this tournament, there is a sad story from the Indonesian badminton squad in 2021.

At that time, all Indonesian players and officials were forced to withdraw from this prestigious badminton tournament. Starting from the post of Indonesian men’s doubles player, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon on Instagram.

The Indonesian player was an anonymous passenger who tested positive for COVID-19 so he had to undergo quarantine and failed to continue his work at All England.

“Tonight, we are shocked to hear the news that we (Indonesian players and officials) were forced to withdraw from All England because an anonymous passenger who tested positive for COVID-19 was on the same flight with us,” wrote Marcus.

Marcus was disappointed that the Badminton World Federation (BWF) had failed to regulate this issue. Because, before the flight, the Indonesian players had tested negative for COVID-19 and were also retested while at the hotel.

“Why don’t we get equal justice here? And if there are strict rules for entering UK territory due to COVID-19, BWF should have implemented a bubble system that ensures our safety,” said Marcus.

“Players are supposed to be quarantined before the tournament. To be fair, players who test positive for COVID-19 have to get tested again. Because, we no longer believe in COVID-19 testing. You can see all seven positive cases suddenly turn negative just in one day,” he continued.

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