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    Quote Originally Posted by badMania
    A few years ago, he was on the verge of joining Singapore because Mulyo Handoyo (his coach) was already signed by the Singapore Badminton Association. However, he later changed his mind and returned back to Indo.

    I personally dislike Taufik, especially before last year. No doubt, he's arguably the most talented player in the circuit, however, he was too moody and arrogant to be a good professional and role model for young badminton players. It was only starting last year that we see some changes in his personality. Still, he chooses which tournament he wants to win at ("angin-anginan" in Indonesian). Like this year China Open, he was "injured" and didn't even bother to turn up even though he was already signed up.
    A little correction here:

    Taufik didnot want to go back to Indonesia at that time. The PBSI won't let him go to Singapore if the Singapore badminton association didn't pay PBSI for some contract money.

    Because the Singapore didnot pay the contractmoney, so Taufik had to come back to Indonesia. Later on, when Taufik won gold medal and world champion , the Singapore badminton possibly mad at themselves why they were being so cheap. And PBSI surely happy cause they insist of the cotract money.

    Personally, I dont like Taufik cause of his attitude. He is treated differently by PBSI just because he is the most talented player in MS we had right now. Other word: he is PBSI golden boy.

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    Default SG is trying again

    Left Indonesia with brothers
    November 23, 2005

    FIVE years ago, Hendri Kurniawan Supatra made a decision that would change his life forever.

    Along with twin brother Wandri and younger brother Hendra Wijaya, the trio left the Jaya Raya Badminton Club in Jakarta in their quest for badminton glory with Singapore.

    They were part of the Singapore Badminton Association's (SBA) master plan to qualify for the 2012 Thomas Cup finals.

    Hendri came with excellent credentials.

    With his identical twin, the doubles pair won the 1997 German Junior Open title and the 1999 Asean Schools Championships doubles crown. They also finished runners-up at the 1998 and 1999 Asian Junior Championships doubles competitions.

    But in early 2004, Hendri's dreams came crashing down.

    He and Hendra, by now Singapore permanent residents, were sent back to Indonesia after failing their fitness test.

    However, the SBA relented when the duo asked for a second chance. They returned to Singapore last October and eventually managed to pass their fitness test earlier this year.

    Hendri finally received his Singapore citizenship in July.

    A South-east Asia (SEA) Games medal in the mixed doubles event is well within reach of Hendri and his partner Li Yujia, who are ranked 10th in the latest world rankings.

    But they will need to be at their best to see off the likes of Malaysia's Koo Kien Keat and Wong Pei Tty (8th), Thailand's Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thungthongkam (5th) and Indonesia's Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir (2nd), the only opponents ranked higher than them in the region

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