The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) will hire a plane to fly its players to Thailand for the Asian leg of tournaments.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) made it a mandatory criteria for players to take part in Asia Open I and Asia Open II to qualify for the World Tour Finals. The BWF has also made it compulsory for the world champions to participate in the two Asian tournaments to qualify for the Finals.
Through Detik Sport, PBSI Secretary General Achmad Budiharto said that the Indonesian players would participate in Thailand because the handling of safety measures in Thailand was upto the mark and met expectations.
He said that going to Denmark on a public carrier was quite risky for the players as the journey was far and the fear of being exposed to the public was high.
“For Thailand, we plan to charter a plane. It’s a big extravagant.” (laughs)
Susy Susanti, the Head of PBSI’s Achievement Development Division added that the players were ready to compete and training was still going on. She also said that the association had coordinated with the Ministry of Youth and Sports regarding sending players abroad amid the current pandemic.