The Indonesian badminton team continues to train even though the championship was stopped due to the Covid-19 corona virus pandemic. In mid-October 2020, Indonesia’s top badminton players are training in Sragen, Central Java.
The world’s best men’s doubles Kevin Sanjaya / Marcus Gideon, Fajar Alfian / Muhammad Rian Ardianto, Hendra Setiawan, coach Herry Iman Pierngadi, and others will train for two weeks at the Badminton Sports Center owned by rice entrepreneur Billy Haryanto.
Apart from them, the Praveen Jordan / Melati Daeva Oktavianti mixed doubles and women’s doubles also trained at GOR which has an international standard field.
These top Indonesian players also received an injection of enthusiasm from the Sragen Regent. Kusdinar Untung Yuni Sukowati, who took the time to visit the Sports Hall on October 14, 2020.
Yuni, who is wearing green and wearing a mask, visited to see badminton athletes practicing at the Sports Hall. According to Yuni, badminton is a favorite sport for the people of Sragen. Therefore, he is very supportive of the sport developing in Sragen by holding championships every year.
Maintain Fitness Badminton Team
Yuni’shopes that the Covid-19 pandemic does not make athletes lazy to train. Therefore, he supports the existence of tournaments at the local level during this pandemic. “Of course, with health protocols, without spectators, keep your distance, and others.” Said the politician from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) as quoted by Antara.
Billy Haryanto also supports the holding of local tournaments. “I think it is important. Apart from maintaining the athlete’s body fitness. It is also just a warm-up before the international tournament is held,” said the businessman who also has a hobby of badminton.
Since All England
As is well known, since the All England performance last March, no more badminton tournaments. Both national and international, have been held due to the effects of the Covid-19 virus. In practice, badminton athletes have been ‘unemployed’ for six months during the pandemic.
The world badminton federation (BWF) then held the Denmark Open 2020 tournament after being vacuumed during the pandemic on October 13-18, 2020. However, the world’s top badminton players from China, Indonesia and Japan did not participate in the tournament with a prize pool of 750 thousand US dollars. Including the best Indonesian partner Kevin / Marcus.