1NEWS, The Indonesian Badminton National Team landed at Billund Airport, Aarhus, Denmark, Tuesday (5/10) afternoon local time. They will stay in the city for the next week to represent Red and white fighting in the 2021 Thomas & Uber Cup.
Arriving in Billund at around 11.40 am, the Indonesian troops were supposed to undergo a PCR examination as a requirement from the Danish Government. Because most of them had twice vaccinated, PCR was abolished at the airport but carried out at the hotel where they were staying.
Staying at the Hotel Sandic, the badminton players carry out checks saliva (saliva). While waiting for the test results, they are not allowed to leave their respective rooms.
As quoted from the official PBSI release, some of them departed from Vantaa, Finland, after competing in the 2021 Sudirman Cup, last week. Flying from the Finnish capital, Helsinki, the Indonesian team was released by the Indonesian Ambassador to Finland, Ratu Silvy Gayatri.
“Goodbye. Good luck in the next struggle at the Thomas & Uber Cup. Our prayers are with the struggle of Indonesian sports heroes,” said Silvy.
Then stop at Schipol Airport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to join other players who are included in the Thomas & Uber team but are not involved in the Sudirman Cup. The trip to Schipol took 2.5 hours and after a transit of about an hour the team departed again for Billund by KLM KL 1343 plane.
“I left in the morning, I arrived at Aarhus in the afternoon. It feels like the journey is not tired. It feels more tired to lift luggage,” said the men’s doubles athlete who is also the Captain of the Indonesian Team, Hendra Setiawan, in Aarhus.
The Thomas & Uber Cup itself will be held at Ceres Arena on 9-17 October. Indonesia is expected to avenge the failure in the Sudirman Cup by winning the title at Thomas & Uber.
The last time the championship which is considered a symbol of world badminton supremacy belongs to Indonesia was in 2004 for the Thomas Cup. The last time Uber was in 1996 when Indonesia was still strengthened by the legend of the Indonesian women’s singles, Susy Susanti.