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Big loss for badminton

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    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 15 2020   /  01:00 am
Badminton - All England Open Badminton Championships - Arena Birmingham, Birmingham, Britain - March 15, 2020 Indonesia's Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti celebrate after winning the mixed doubles final against Thailand's Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Reuters/Action Images/Andrew Boyers)

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a major blow to national sports, as many competitions, at both the national and international levels, have been put on hold indefinitely. The latest casualty of this prolonged health crisis is the Indonesian badminton team, which has announced its withdrawal from the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup championships set for Oct. 3-14 in Denmark, citing safety reasons. The exit from the tournaments that have in the past catapulted Indonesia to international fame further paints a gloomy picture of the country’s bid to excel in sports. Ironically, only last week, on Sept.9, the country observed National Sports Day, which, despite being held online, was intended to reinvigorate the ambition to turn Indonesia into a major power in sports. This year’s National Sports Day theme “Sport Science, Sport Tourism and Sport Industry” envisions ...