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Category: Badminton News Published: 20 May 2013
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WITH a total revamp of their national coaching staff, former badminton power Indonesia hope to bring back their glory years.

Ex-internationals, led by Rexy Mainaky, will feature in the new scheme with the goal of winning Olympics gold again in 2016.

Rexy, with the designation of director of performance, is also their head coach. He has brought together former internationals who once dominated major events in the 1990s.

Rexi is helped by his former Olympic gold medal winning partner Ricky Subagja, former Olympic champion Susi Susanti, a consultant with the Indonesia BA (PBSI) and former head coach Christian Hadinata.

Joko Suprianto has returned as the men's singles coach while Liang Qiuxia, who has produced several world class shuttlers, including Susi and Sarwendah, is back to helm the women's singles.

Rexy has also recalled his brother to handle the mixed doubles while Harry Ippe is the only former coach allowed to maintain his position as the men's doubles coach while Bambang Suprianto heads the women's doubles.

The new set-up is backed by PBSI's new president Gita Wijawan, who is also Indonesia's finance minister, and Rexy is confident that his country will win an Olympics gold in 2016.

"With the help of my former teammates, I believe Indonesia is on the track to win the Olympics gold in 2016," said Rexy at Putra Stadium yesterday.

"We have short term goals which is to win titles in the annual World Championships and in the 2014 Asian Games.

"PBSI has also introduced a six-month evaluation period for the players and if they fail to show results or get negative feedback for three periods, they will be replaced.

"We are also keeping tabs on the professional players where their clubs adopt standard procedures for our national shuttlers to follow.

"It will be easy for us to spot talents and recruit fast progressing players into the national team."

PBSI has also created a system where the various sponsors are allowed to choose the players they wish to sign up on a bidding process. These companies offer not only sponsorships but also monthly salaries.

Lack of funds has been the main reason for players quitting the national team to turn professionals after the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Rexy hopes the changes, initiated by Gita, will help Indonesia become the sport's leading power again.

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