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06-11-2007, 10:32 PM #1
Indonesia's Badminton Future
The Jakarta Post
RI's badminton promise remains untapped
Monday, June 11, 2007
Damar Harsanto, Tabanan, Bali
On the eve of the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championship, the Indonesian team is surrounded by questions. The main one being will it be able to stay in Group 1 with other badminton powerhouses.
What will Indonesian badminton look like in the next decade?
There is currently a lot of pessimism about the future of Indonesia on badminton's international stage.
The country has seen its performance at world events continue to fall off, with Indonesia going home empty-handed at last year's World Championships.
After six tournaments in the Super Series introduced this year, national players only won a title in Singapore Super Series early last month from mixed doubles pair Flandy Limpele and Vita Marissa.
A new low was hit at the Indonesia Open Super Series, when the national team failed to win anything in front of the home crowd.
This came as a real slap in the face for Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) chairman Sutiyoso, who is also the governor of Jakarta.
Apparently looking for a quick fix, Sutiyoso said on several occasions he wanted to bring Rexy Mainaky back into the fold, to help revive the men's doubles.
Rexy earned England its first Commonwealth Games bronze medal in badminton and is now training some powerful men's doubles teams in Malaysia.
Sutiyoso did call back old hand Candra Wijaya, who had quit the national training camp last year, to help strengthen the team for the Sudirman Cup, which will take place in Glasgow from June 11-17. Candra is still competing in the Super Series with old partner Tony Gunawan, who now represents the United States.
But Sutiyoso's reaction was criticized as "short-sighted".
Critics say the only solution to the current doldrums is to focus on developing young shuttlers.
Seeing how people, especially children, continue to dream of a career in badminton -- as seen from the number of students competing in the MILO School Competition in Lampung, Bali and Surabaya, which ended Sunday -- there is still hope for Indonesian badminton.
"I want to be a world-class player, just like Taufik Hidayat," said 12-year-old Gerry, who is in the sixth grade.
"I also want to be a badminton player," said Canda, 6, the youngest player in the competition.
These were just two of hundreds of students competing in the event. The children had to fight to stay awake as some matches ended around midnight due to the large number of participants. Some had to divide their time between training and study as sixth graders faced national final exams.
Despite the hectic schedule, the children received full support from their enthusiastic parents.
"Without parents' support, there will be no future for Indonesian badminton," said Ava, whose daughter Michelle played in the competition. "Most of the parents are badminton crazy and are willing to do whatever it takes to help their kids become badminton greats."
The enthusiasm of parents and children prompted Tabanan Deputy Regent IGG Putra Wirasana to make an optimistic prediction that at least 0.5 percent of the students taking part in the event would go on to become national players.
"I think it's a realistic target," Putra said.
That prediction, however, received a quick blast from Taufik, who has long been a critic of the PBSI. The Olympic champion lamented the absence of standard badminton halls in most provinces in the country and the glaring lack of competitions for students to improve their skills and confidence.
"It's hard for me to understand why most provincial administrations prefer channeling money to develop soccer than other sports which promise more achievements," said the 2004 Olympic gold medalist and 2005 world champion on the sidelines of a coaching clinic he gave during the tournament.
"I've seen many talented young players from the regions, who faced financial constraints in pursuing their dreams to become professional shuttlers, who received little attention from their local administrations," he said.
Denpasar-based badminton coach Albert Nur is also pessimistic that Bali could one day produce quality national shuttlers.
"There is a lot of politicking in the badminton association at the provincial level so that the top shuttlers in the region will not necessarily represent the region in national tourneys, as the officials in the association prefer the kids they train, even if they do not perform as well, to other kids trained by other coaches," Albert said.
He also highlighted the island's lack of qualified coaches.
"Many coaches have no qualifications. They can play badminton and they open training camps for students without knowledge of any standard training methods. We will never produce great players with that kind of training," said Albert, who enjoyed eight years of training with Jaya Raya club of Jakarta.
Susila of Badung, whose daughter Indah played in the Milo event, said he did not think local clubs and tournaments in the regions would help his daughter improve her skill.
"The local clubs and the tournaments here are a bit substandard. We have to move to big clubs if we really want to significantly improve our kids' skills in badminton."
PBSI has planned to arrange standardized coaching methods in clubs at the provincial level, so the gap between big and small clubs can be narrowed. However, the plan has yet to be put in place.
(To think that Indonesia has one of the best coaching systems is now in doubt!)
06-12-2007, 02:20 AM #2
And yes without parental support, usually it is very hard to get talented athletes to become top pros. Thus, the monetary incentives have to be unusually high for the parents to be willing to risk their kid's future. Thus PBSI should concentrate on designing an environment where the benefits of being a top athlete is huge! That should be 50% of their activity. Not just managing the National Team. And not so good in managing that one thing either...
06-12-2007, 05:41 AM #3
Hmm... How to have promising athletes when a lot of parents who HAS the money won't let their kids train?? And, PB PBSI only receives ex-national player as a coach with certificate... If I'm not mistaken...
And, Krisna, where do you think PBSI will get the money to arrange those?? They cnt arrenge one, what about 2???
06-12-2007, 09:28 AM #4
06-12-2007, 05:31 PM #5
This reminds me..
Yes, i can agree on what the content of the article...I think the bottom line, it all goes back to the issue of money & finance..
Thanks, Loh, for sharing the article..
Last edited by ctjcad; 06-12-2007 at 05:33 PM.
11-23-2007, 09:07 AM #6
11-23-2007, 09:08 AM #7
Mel - Shendy (Djarum)
11-23-2007, 09:23 AM #8
Dutch Open 2007
11-23-2007, 09:28 AM #9
11-23-2007, 09:36 AM #10
11-23-2007, 12:57 PM #11
Nice pics Yannie...
Personally i think Indonesian badminton is getting better now with alot of clubs participating and sending players to play internationally.
11-23-2007, 01:50 PM #12
Yup, especially Djarum Badminton Club..
So funny PBSI players quit national team and (re)join Djarum..
BAM players quit national team and join KLRC..
Club players will get sent to more tournaments overseas..
11-24-2007, 12:55 AM #13
PBSI Chairman Bang Yos has targeted INA to replace China dominance in badminton achievement. This target will be reached gradually and not bombastic target.
"We send many players to numerous tournaments in Europe and Asia which mean reach achievement," said Sutiyoso. For one European circuit which consist three tournaments, PB PBSI spend almost 2 billions rupiah.
Early target for woman sector, entering semifinal Uber Cup 2008 in Jakarta. And then 2 years later target is grab the Uber Cup. Meanwhile in man division, both singles and doubles still continue to be strengthen.
-- taken from KOMPAS (24 Nov/07).
11-25-2007, 11:09 PM #14
Prospective top pairs IMHO:
Bona Septano/Mohd Ahsan
Wifqi Windarto/Afiat Yuris Wirawan
Yulianti with another player, either Richi Dili Puspita or Nathalia Poluakan (doubtful really )
Tantowi Akhmad/Yulianti (quite obvious, isn't it?)
11-26-2007, 05:29 AM #15
11-26-2007, 05:34 AM #16
We'll see how they progress in the Russian Open GP Gold.
11-26-2007, 06:17 AM #17
adi pratama... one of TH's successors... the runnerup of junior ms kejurnas
he plays like TH.. he does backhand smashes ,good netplay and dropshot ..his skill and technique are complete... but he haven't had a good power and stamina enough yet... ...
he's in my radar now
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