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11-24-2007, 10:18 PM #1
Saturday November 24, 01:24 PM
Indonesia aims to surpass China in badminton
Jakarta, Nov 24 (Xinhua) The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) has announced its ambition to end within the next two years China's decade-long domination in the sport.
Indonesia, widely recognised as one of the most powerful badminton countries, is taking a step forward to retake the global lead from China, PBSI chairman Sutiyoso was quoted Saturday by local newspaper Kompas as saying.
'We spend large amount of money on our athletes to compete in European and Asian tournaments with the aim of gaining success,' he said during a visit to north Sulawesi province Friday.
Female shuttlers were given priority with the initial target of reaching the semi-finals in the upcoming Uber Cup women's group tournament and winning the trophy two years later, he said.
Indonesian players have always managed to grab gold medals after badminton was included as medal event in the 2002 Barcelona Olympics. But their chance in the Beijing Olympics was in doubt due to players being out of form in recent years.
The mixed doubles pair of Lilyana Natsir and Nova Widianto have won Indonesia's sole title out of the 12 super series tournaments introduced this year for the competitive pre-Olympic qualifying rounds.
For the first time, none of the local players triumphed in this year's Indonesia Open, also categorised as a super series.
11-25-2007, 05:42 AM #2
11-25-2007, 07:58 AM #3
That must be an old article maybe 2 years ago…
11-25-2007, 09:07 AM #4
11-27-2007, 12:14 AM #5
Megawati calls for badminton glory
Ridwan Max Sijabat, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta
Sports News November 27, 2007
Former president Megawati Soekarnoputri called on the sports community to unite in the development of the country's third most popular sport, badminton.
Speaking during the opening of the Megawati Open 2007 age-group badminton championships, the chairwoman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) said holding a competition for children could be a starting point for the nation to revive the glory days of the sport.
"The Megawati Open has nothing to do with the 2009 general election. It is held on the basis of our great concern over our athletes' performance in international competitions in the past few years," she said Monday at the Bung Karno Badminton Hall in Senayan, Central Jakarta.
Megawati urged national shuttlers to win back the Thomas Cup men's team championship in Jakarta next year. Indonesia has won 13 Thomas Cup from the 24 times the event has been held.
She also called on the government to ensure athletes' welfare once their careers are over.
"Many parents don't allow their children to develop their talent in sports because they think it has no future," she said.
Badminton legend Rudy Hartono, who won eight All England titles in the 1970s, welcomed the PDI-P's move to help develop badminton.
He asked young shuttlers to be committed to the sport in a bid to reach their peak in the next 10 years.
"The key to success in badminton is discipline in exercise at a young age," he said, adding he started playing badminton seriously at the age of 10 before winning his first All England at 18.
PDI-P youth and sports department chairman Maruarar Sirait said the championships were open to elementary to high school students. They will compete for the Megawati trophy and total cash prizes of Rp 75 million (US$7,979).
"Some 970 players from 58 clubs in 12 provinces are taking part in the championships. Our main goal is to seek and groom talented young players," he said
11-27-2007, 12:19 AM #6
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11-27-2007, 01:27 AM #8
*thanks for sharing the news, cooler; but i thought you would post these articles in the already created & related to INA's badminton thread(s)??..
11-27-2007, 01:31 AM #9
11-27-2007, 01:45 AM #10
11-27-2007, 07:07 AM #11
11-27-2007, 08:16 AM #12
Last year, he himself openly said in a public speech [aired on TV] that, "China is so damn strong, I don't know how we can beat them. Unless we poison everybody there..."
I attended this year's PBSI Mukernas, where the PBSI's Core Team discussed their work program for 2008... er... not much substance there... Not enough empirical and field data to support their claims. Indonesia's youngsters and up-and-coming players are not much more talented than Taufik, Sony, Maria Kristin, Firda, Lili Natsir, Greysia, Kido, Hendra, Luluk etc...
I think ONLY IF Indonesia had up-and-coming talents like in the year 1989-90 where there were young Alan, Ardi, Hary, Fung, Joko, Hermawan, Hendrawan, Ricky, Rexy, Deni, Antonius, Tony Gunawan, Candra, Sigit, Halim, Trikus, Bambang, Susi, Mia, Yuni, Yubing, Eliza, Zelin, Lili Tampi, Finarsih, Minarti Timur.... who would all together dominate the whole 1990s and PLUS the fact that China's talents dried up at that time... THEN... INA can make a hopeful claim that INA can dominate China in badminton... [INA did win 5 Thomas and 2 Uber Cups between 1994-2002]
The only 2 productive things I heard in this year's Mukernas is that: more money will be spent on prize money of the domestic circuits and INA will move from a collective contract system to the individual contract system. I believe these 2 moves are good for our future. The other things they talked about were not fundamental building blocks for the future. Just short term targets [Thomas Cup win, Uber Cup semifinal, and at least 1 Olympic gold in 2008]... I can't blame us for being hopeful... I would be happy too if INA got all 3 thing listed above...
I'm not sure about the other statement regarding badminton as the Indonesia's third most popular sport... Er... I thought badminton is the second most popular. Only soccer is more popular. If badminton is third, who's second? And based on what data?
Last edited by Krisna; 11-27-2007 at 08:23 AM.
11-27-2007, 10:10 AM #13
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11-27-2007, 03:37 PM #15
I do not see that INA can rebound and challenge China in 2 yrs......
We do not have Pratama program anymore.
Also we have one guy who is ready to fund to build badminton halls throughout the provinces ( helped by Ricky Subagya ) and mostly provincial officers reluctantly or refuse to provide the land as he/she did not see any benefit for them..sigh!! They do not see the big picture....
Mostly big guys just know how to talk....I wish they really show their nationalism fi they care about INA badminton......
I think we have more works to do and to achieve them in 2 year will be miracle.....we have to build brick by brick ....
Last edited by huangkwokhau; 11-27-2007 at 03:40 PM.
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