Wuhan Coronavirus has started affecting the badminton world

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Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) made an official announcement yesterday that it is withdrawing all its entries (players) from participating at the Lingshui China Masters next month (25 Feb – 01 March).

Though this is the first announcement in an official capacity, it is highly unlikely many players from abroad will travel to China to participate in the tournament.

Did you know?

The Badminton Asia Championships 2020 (21 Apr – 26 Apr) is a very important tournament because of the fact that this is the last tournament in the Olympic Qualifying period.

The host city of the tournament is Wuhan, China – the epicenter of the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus. The last five editions (2015-2019) of the tournament has been held at Wuhan.

Many including PBSI’s Head of Development and Achievement Division Susy Susanti expect the venue of the Badminton Asia Championship to be shifted to another country.

As of today, the death toll from the new deadly coronavirus stands at 106. The rates of infection and death are increasing exponentially and there seems to be no signs of slowing down.

How can you protect yourself if there is an outbreak in your city?

  • Wear snug fitting respirator masks
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Do NOT touch your face (mouth, nose & eyes) with your hands without sanitizing your hand first (Soap or an alcohol based hand sanitizer)
  • Avoid travel and public places unless absolutely necessary