Times are tough all over, it seems.
Even shuttlers, among the most celebrated athletes in Indonesia, are feeling the economic pinch. After the Indonesian Badminton Association, or PBSI, ran out of money in 2008, the players are now struggling just to find training partners.
Markis Kido, one half of the world’s top men’s doubles pair, with Hendra Setiawan, was among a number of top shuttlers complaining about a lack of competition at the PBSI training camp in Cipayung, East Jakarta.
“We’re lacking sparring partners now,” Markis said on Wednesday. “It is not enough just to compete between the six of us. Ideally, we need three more pairs as sparring partners.”
Due to budget shortages, PBSI called just 22 players to the camp in early January, though it announced it would bring in more players in February.