Officials of the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) must redeem themselves after the country’s embarrassing loss at this year’s world badminton group championship in Wuhan, China, former badminton champions say.
Former men’s doubles hero, Sigit Budiarto, said Thursday that while the failure of the Indonesian Thomas Cup team was the worst defeat in Indonesia’s badminton history, the PBSI must help the country regain the days of glory by preparing a better training ground for players.
“We don’t need to play the blame game. The most essential aspect to think about now is how to improve ourselves in the next competition,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.
Sigit was a member of the winning Thomas Cup team in 1998, 2000 and 2002. With Candra Wijaya, he won the World Championship in 1997 as well as captured the prestigious All-England championship title in 2003.
Earlier, the Indonesian Thomas Cup team faced its worst defeat in the country’s badminton history after succumbing to Japan 2-3 in the quarterfinal of the competition on Wednesday.
Indonesia, who holds a world record of 13 Thomas Cup titles, has not failed to reach the semifinal of the Thomas Cup since 1984.
Commenting on this, Sigit said the PBSI should follow examples in other countries that prepare two or three years before the competition was held.
“Therefore, we must prepare a concentrated training camp years before the Thomas and Uber Cup competition,” he said, adding that several players such as Simon Santoso, Tommy Sugiarto and Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka had at least two more years of playing in them.
Separately, retired male badminton champion Hastomo Arbi, currently manager of the PB Djarum badminton club, slammed the PBSI for the defeat, saying that the officials “must evaluate all the shuttlers and the coaching system for better results in the future”.