Rionny Mainaky: Postponement of 2021 India Open Brings Relief Indonesian Shuttlers

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Rionny Mainaky is optimistic about the Olympic qualifications of Hafiz Faizal/Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja. (photo: PBSI)
Rionny Mainaky is optimistic about the Olympic qualifications of Hafiz Faizal/Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja. (photo: PBSI)

Jakarta: The Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) said there’s a sense of “relief” that the Indonesian badminton players won’t have to compete in the midst of a deadly second wave of COVID-19 outbreak in India.

Originally, PBSI has decided to send two mixed doubles pairs – World No. 9 Hafiz Faizal/Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja and World No. 34 Adnan Maulana/Mychelle Crhystine Bandaso to play at the tournament.

“I think it was the right decision for BWF to postpone the 2021 India Open as India saw a record spike of COVID-19 cases recently,” said the Head of Development and Achievement of PBSI, Rionny Mainaky.

“We are indeed quite anxious to see the COVID-19 situation in India recently. But on the other hand, we have to send Hafiz/Gloria to the India Open to secure Olympic points. I am relieved that it has finally been postponed,” continued Mainaky.

According to Rionny, the postponement actually benefited Faisal/Widjaja, who are still struggling to cement their spot in Olympics.

“Besides eliminating the risk of exposure to COVID-19, Hafiz/Gloria are at least still safe in eighth place with two qualifying tournaments remaining,” added Mainaky.

“But that does not mean their tasks will be easy. They would have to go all-out in the remaining two tournaments,” explained Mainaky.

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