Indonesian badminton ace taking part in for covid-stricken brother

Jonathan Christie of Indonesia throughout a match towards Aram Mahmood of the Refugee Olympic staff at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday. (Reuters Picture)

An Asian champion badminton participant is gunning for glory on the coronavirus-delayed Tokyo Olympics in reminiscence of his brother, who died of the illness.

Indonesia’s Jonathan Christie was competing in a match in Thailand earlier this 12 months when he realized that his older brother Ivan had contracted the illness again dwelling.

23-year-old Christie’s mom, father and brother all finally ended up within the hospital, however her brother suffered essentially the most.

“Once I got here again from Thailand, my mom informed me, ‘He’s already sick’,” stated the 2018 Asian Video games badminton champion.

“My mother and pop had been sick on the similar time, however in a unique hospital to my brother.

“I used to be going to my father and mom’s hospital, after which within the night I used to be going to my brother’s hospital, so I needed to find time for them.”

Ivan died sadly, and it was as much as Christie to inform his mother and father the heartbreaking information.

“After my brother handed away, I in all probability have not informed my mom and father for every week,” stated Christie, who defeated Aram Mahmood of the refugee Olympic staff in his Tokyo opener on Saturday.

“I stored it alone. After my father and mom had been nicely once more, I needed to inform them. In fact, my mom is crying so much.”

World quantity seven Christie says her mother and father at the moment are nicely and “joyful to see me on the Olympics”.

However his brother’s reminiscence by no means fades away as Christie makes an attempt to make his mark on badminton within the Japanese capital – even when his preparations are severely hampered by a household tragedy.

“It is for them and I wish to do my greatest for them,” he stated.

The coronavirus has delayed the Tokyo Video games by a 12 months and most occasions are happening with out spectators.

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