Hendra Setiawan says postponing 2020 Tokyo Olympics was the right decision

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Hendra Setiawan (left) is finally at home after a nearly two-week quarantine because of the coronavirus. (photo: GettyImages)
Hendra Setiawan (left) is finally at home after a nearly two-week quarantine because of the coronavirus. (photo: GettyImages)

Jakarta: The coronavirus outbreak has forced International Olympic Committee to postponed the 2020 Tokyo Olympics until 2021.

Indonesia’s men’s doubles badminton legend, Hendra Setiawan felt like that would give some shuttlers more time to get ready in 2021.

“I think that’s the right decision due to the coronavirus outbreak. The most important thing is to wait until the pandemic has ended,” said Setiawan.

The postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to 2021 also gave him and his partner, Mohammad Ahsan, more time to discuss their future preparation with coach Herry Iman Pierngadi.

Hendra Setiawan has been doing self-quarantine at the Indonesia national badminton training center since Sunday (3/15) after coming back from the All England Open. However, the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) has extended the quarantine period, especially for those who have just returned from England to additional 14 more days until April 12.

But, for those who were married and have children, they were giving option of going home to see their family after staying at the national badminton training center for first two weeks.

Setiawan chose to go back to his family and continued to stay quarantine at home until April 12th.

“I’m happy to have returned home,” added Setiawan.

“I just have to distance myself from my family. I can’t stay in the national training center until April 12th, otherwise, my kids would have forgotten about their father,” joked Setiawan.

“I am going to sleep in different room, use different bathroom at home,” revealed Setiawan.

Despite having more time to relax, the 2008 Olympic champion said he also continued work out to maintain his physical condition.

“I usually do stretching every morning or evening. I also do core or plank exercises.”

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