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Jakarta Post

Badminton coach Hendry Saputra has COVID-19 symptoms

  • Ramadani Saputra
    Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 24, 2020   /   07:49 pm
Badminton coach Hendry Saputra has COVID-19 symptoms The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI). (Antara/Sigid)

The head coach of Indonesia's men's singles badminton team Hendry Saputra is showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Hendry is among the 24 players, coaches and officials currently undergoing self-quarantine after arriving from the All England tournament last week.

The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) said the coach, who directly handles talents such as Anthony Ginting and Jonatan Christie, had complained about his deteriorating health on the seventh day after arriving from England.  

PBSI secretary-general Achmad Budiharto confirmed Hendry’s status on Tuesday, saying that his association had taken immediate action according to the procedure as soon as Hendry complained about his health. The PBSI isolated all the individuals who had been in direct contact with the coach and closed the Cipayung training camp in East Jakarta to outsiders.

“It’s true that Hendry is now under observation but he still needs to undergo a series of COVID-19 tests. We have received a report from the medical team that Hendry is waiting for a swab test to determine whether he has COVID-19,” Achmad said in a statement, adding that Hendry was currently being treated at PELNI Hospital in West Jakarta.

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One member of the PBSI’s medical team, Octaviani, said the initial symptoms suffered by Hendry included fever, a limp and nausea.

“After conducting a CT scan, [we] found spots in his lungs, whereas coach Hendry doesn’t have a history of lung disease. To determine whether he is COVID-19 positive, we have to conduct a swab test, and we are still waiting for that [test],” she said.

The PBSI will also report the case to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) through its International Relation division head Bambang Roedyanto, since Hendry was part of the squad deployed to All England.

Achmad went on to advise all the players who reside outside the training camp not to visit the headquarters until the end of this week.

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The PBSI’s development and achievement department head Susi Susanti said the training program had been adjusted due to the current situation.

“We are continuing to train, but we have adjusted the program with the athletes' health in mind. We are trying to maintain the performance. The training schedule has been arranged so that not all players train together. We have also advised athletes to keep their distance from one another,” she said.

The East Jakarta Health Agency visited the PBSI headquarters in Cipayung to give information regarding the symptoms of COVID-19 and the first treatment that should be given to anyone suspected of having contracted the virus. The agency has also listed people who have been in direct contact with Hendry. 

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