Jakarta: The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) has decided to cancel its participation in the 2020 Lingshui China Masters championships that will take place at Agile Stadium in China from February 25th to March 1st, 2020.
PBSI’s Head of Coaching and Achievement Susi Susanti said that PBSI was planning to send 44 Indonesian players to the tournament, but had to cancel it due to the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
“We were extremely concerned about the situation in China as the coronavirus outbreak is getting very dangerous. We need to protect our own players,” said Susanti.
“Even though there’s no official travel warning to China has been issued, PBSI had to take safety measures to protect the Indonesian player to make sure they are not infected with the virus,” explained Susanti.
“We are being vigilant and not letting our players to contract that dangerous virus, especially this is ahead of the Olympics,” added Susanti.
In addition, Susanti also revealed that PBSI will most likely also cancel sending players to the 2020 Badminton Asia Championships which was planned to take place in Wuhan, China in April.
“It seems like going to Wuhan will also be canceled, there is no decision yet, but most likely we will not be sending players to the 2020 Badminton Asia Championships which will be held in Wuhan, China in April, because Wuhan was the first city where the coronavirus outbreak occurred, and the whole city has been under an unprecedented quarantine since January 23.”
Nevertheless, Susanti said that PBSI still maintained good relations with the Chinese Badminton Association (CBA), by giving an explanation related to withdrawing players from the championship that offered a total prize money of USD $90k.
“In addition, we have also given reports on the withdrawal of players from this tournament to the Badminton World Federation (BWF),” Susanti concluded.