• Indonesian Badminton in period of transition

    Jakarta: Indonesia's 1-3 meltdown in the semifinal tie at Badminton World Federation's (BWF) 2015 Sudirman Cup against China might not be a complete disappointment to the Indonesian team afterall.Jonatan Christie (left) and Firman Abdul Kholik are two young players with huge potential.

    Jonatan Christie (left) and Firman Abdul Kholik are two young players with huge potential.

  • Indonesia badminton team hopeful of Sudirman Cup surprise

    By Ami Afriatni

    Jakarta: Indonesian badminton officials are targeting a strong finish for the country’s shuttlers at next week’s Sudirman Cup, world badminton’s mixed-team championships that Indonesia has only ever won once before — back at the inaugural event in 1989.Indonesia could be a dangerous Sudirman team at Dongguan.

    Indonesia could be a dangerous Sudirman team at Dongguan.

  • World championships wildcard for Lee Chong Wei creates win-win situation

    Kuala Lumpur: When Lin Dan was awarded the World Championships wild card by Badminton World Federation (BWF) in 2013 (despite missing from international tournaments for almost a year after he won the London Olympics men's title), that decision has created mixed reactions in the badminton community. However, the badminton community eventually benefited from that move by BWF as the fans was able to watch another epic battle between Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan in the men's singles final.PBSI and BWF will find massive commercial success if Lee Chong Wei plays at the 2015 World Championships

    PBSI and BWF will find massive commercial success if Lee Chong Wei plays at the 2015 World Championships

  • PBSI turn to young players post Tommy Sugiarto and Simon Santoso era

    Irawaty Wardany

    Jakarta: The resignation of Tommy Sugiarto and Simon Santoso — the two remaining senior players on the national team — because of personal reasons has left the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) relying on young shuttlers for its next challenges.Hope Tommy Sugiarto (left) and Simon Santoso could resurrect their careers after leaving the national team.

    Hope Tommy Sugiarto (left) and Simon Santoso could resurrect their careers after leaving the national team.

  • Simon Santoso quits PBSI

    Jakarta: Simon Santoso made a surprise decision on Thursday by resigning from the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI).Simon Santoso stunned World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to win the 2014 Singapore Open

    Simon Santoso stunned World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to win the 2014 Singapore Open

  • PBSI seeking talented Indonesia shuttlers for 2020 Olympics

    By Ami Afriatni

    Jakarta: The Indonesian Badminton Association, or PBSI, fears running out of shuttlers for the 2020 Olympic Games, specifically in the men and women’s singles competitions, an official revealed.Rexy Mainaky is the Head of Development and Performance for Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI)

    Rexy Mainaky is the Head of Development and Performance for Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI)

  • Rudy Hartono: PBSI must realize success will follow if player comes first

    Jakarta: Legendary Indonesian badminton player, the eight-time All England Champion Rudy Hartono said Tommy Sugiarto would not have left the Indonesia national team if the PBSI management and coaches understood what the player wanted from the organization.Rudy Hartono, like Lin Dan/Lee Chong Wei today, was the iconic figure of his era

    Rudy Hartono, like Lin Dan/Lee Chong Wei today, was the iconic figure of his era

  • Tommy Sugiarto leaves Indonesia national team

    By Jakarta Globe

    Jakarta: Indonesia’s top men’s singles player Tommy Sugiarto has resigned from the national training camp, saying that he has not  been able to reach his true potential in the current situation.

    "It’s the best decision for me as I think I haven’t improved under my current trainer. After I leave the national training camp, I will return to my club, Pelita Bakrie, and I want to pace myself," Tommy said on Saturday.Tommy Sugiarto is looking for a career breakthrough

    Tommy Sugiarto is looking for a career breakthrough

  • Thomas Cup - Indonesia eyeing Thomas Cup/Uber Cup Trophies

    Indonesia's Thomas Cup and Uber Cup badminton teams departed for India for the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup championship from May 18 to 25. Prior to their departure, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led a special ceremony in which each player kissed the red-and-white national flag.Indonesia's Thomas Cup and Uber Cup took pictures alongside the Indian team

    Indonesia's Thomas Cup and Uber Cup took pictures alongside the Indian team

    Chairman of the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) Gita Wirjawan said Indonesia's strongest opponent will be China. Indonesia will have to rely on its men's doubles because China has no shortage of strong men's singles, such as Lin Dan and Chen Long.

  • Indonesian team all pumped-up for Thomas-Cup Cup Finals

    Can you guess how many times has Indonesia won the Thomas Cup in less than three seconds? The answer is 13 times, the most among three nations, Malaysia (formerly Malaya), Indonesia, and China that have ever held the Thomas Cup. It won four consecutive titles from 1970 through 1979 and five consecutive titles from 1994 through 2002.

    1994 through 2002 was a golden era for Indonesia badminton. It's nice to see some old faces such as Joko Suprianto, Rexy Mainaky (the Chief Coach of Indonesia team) returned and shared their experiences with those younger players

    It's nice to see some old faces such as Joko Suprianto, Rexy Mainaky (the Chief Coach of Indonesia team) returned and shared their experiences with those younger players
    It was when players like Alan Budikusuma, Susi Susanti, Mia Audina, Taufik Hidayat, Ricky Subagja and Rexy Mainaky were playing, during which time the country’s players won countless titles and gold medals, such as two Olympic medals won by Alan and Susi in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and another gold medal won by Ricky Subagja and Rexy in 1996 Atlanta Olympic. However, Indonesia's ten-year reign as champions was ended by the resurgence of China in 2004 when the Chinese won the title in Jakarta.

  • Indonesia introduces new faces to its Thomas-Uber Cup team

    The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) has added 18 year old Ihsan Maulana Mustofa, who will turn 19 in November into the Thomas Cup team. Ihsan was the bronze medalist at the BWF World Junior Badminton Championships last yearShuttlers and coaches from Indonesia's Thomas Cup

    Shuttlers and coaches from Indonesia's Thomas Cup
    . PBSI believes Ihsan will be able to deliver a point for the team if necessary.

  • Indonesia's Thomas and Uber Cup squads are ready (pic)

    Indonesia has announced a list of players that will represent the country in the Thomas Cup, and Uber Cup, which will be held in New Delhi, India, from May 18 to 25.

    The list that released by The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI), includes 30 players, comprising eight men's singles players and five men's doubles pairs with the Uber Cup team made up of six singles and four doubles pairs.Indonesia's Thomas Cup and Uber Cup are the strongest in years.

  • New Sponsorship Rules A Win-Win For Indonesia Badminton Association

    Jakarta.Badminton’s new sponsorship scheme, introduced last year, is continuing to pay dividends, with both players and the Indonesia Badminton Association finding new sponsors for the coming year.

    Previously, the association, known as the PBSI, would sign a sponsorship deal with a single supplier to cover all its activities. But its new chairman, recently resigned trade minister Gita Wirjawan, has opened the market, allowing companies to sign up individual players.

    The PBSI has signed a deal with Chinese sporting equipment manufacturer Li Ning to supply equipment and playing kit for the national team.

    At the same time, a number of manufacturers are bidding to supply equipment to individual players as well as two of the national team’s coaches.

    “The new scheme went very well with big companies such as Yonex, Li Ning and Victor joining the bid,” said senior PBSI official Joseph Halim.

  • Indonesia honours Ahsan, Hendra with MVP award (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: All-Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) knows how to motivate their national badminton players to keep winning honours for their country.

    On Saturday, PBSI honoured reigning men’s doubles world champions Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan with the Most Valuable Players (MVP) award, which came with a 1bil rupiah (RM273,866) reward in a special ceremony during the Indonesia Super League (ISL) in Surabaya.Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan on their way to winning the BWF World Superseries Finals in December. Last year, they also won the Malaysian Open, Indonesian Open, Singapore Open and Japan Open.

    PBSI chairman Gita Wirjawan is quoted by the Jakarta Post saying: ”They (Ahsan and Hendra) are models for all of us. Anyone can become a champion. In 2012, they were ranked 50th in the world. After winning the world title (in Guangzhou last August), they are now the world No. 1 pair.”

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