INDONESIAN OPEN: VISA PROBLEMS TAKE OUT CHINESE ENTRIES
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July 15, 1997 (MEW SHUTTLENWS) - According to sources at the Chinese
badminton association, none of the Chinese players who were entered for the
Indonesian Open badminton championships being held this week in Solo,
Indonesia will be able to play at the tournament because they did not
receive visas from the Indonesian government until late last night.
The same source said that the Indonesian badminton association had been
supposed to get visas for the players and coaches but that there had been an
The tournament organizers had offered to reschedule the Chinese players'
matches for later in the week, but Li Yongbo, the Chinese head coach, declined
the offer because it meant that there would be a tremendous burden on the
players who would have to fly over in a hurry and would have no time to
acclimatise. The players would also would have to play many more matches per
day in the compressed schedule proposed by the organizers.
The Chinese players who have been entered for next week's Singapore open
and who were waiting in Malaysia for their visas will remain in Malaysia this
week and will head to Singapore on the weekend. The Chinese players who were
waiting in Beijing will remain in Beijing and will join their teammates in
Singapore on the weekend.
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