Jakarta: Although the 2018 Thomas and Uber Cup is scheduled to begin in Bangkok on May 20, but Indonesia’s Thomas and Uber Cup teams have departed to Bangkok from Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten on Wednesday, so that they could familiarize themselves with the set up and get used to the venue few days earlier.
The Badminton Association of Indonesia or PBSI has sent group of 45 people that including players, coaches and PBSI staff alongside other support personnel that will be working together to provide the best support possible for the Indonesian shuttlers in 2018 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals.
With the Thomas and Uber Cup tournament held during the month of Ramadan, PBSI Secretary General Achmad Budiharto gave his blessing to Indonesian player at the airport on Wednesday before their departure.
“May this holy month bring good luck to the Indonesian teams to achieved great results in the Thomas and Uber Finals,” said Budiharto.
So far, Indonesia’s preparation for the tournament has gone smoothly. In addition to training camp at the national team facility, PBSI also held a 2-day team building session at Hotel Aston Bogor.
“The teams going to Bangkok with a high spirit and strong sense of togetherness. We were given four badminton courts tomorrow and the players would start their training in Bangkok immediately. We may be able to start practicing in the official venue two days from now, so our preparation is on track until the 20th,” added Budiharto.
In the 2018 Thomas Cup, PBSI has sent the best players it could find to participate in the biennial event, among them were world number one men’s doubles, Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo / Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and former world champion Mohammad Ahsan / Hendra Setiawan. In the single department, Indonesia will rely on the 2018 Indonesia Masters champion Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and the 2017 SEA Games champion, Jonatan Christie.
Meanwhile, Indonesia’s world number six women’s doubles pair – Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu, and the 2017 Dutch Open champions – Della Destiara Haris/Rizki Amelia Pradipta will spearhead Indonesia’s challenge in the women’s doubles category while Fitriani Fitriani and the 2017 Junior World Champion Gregoria Mariska Tunjung will lead the women’s singles department.