PBSI turn focus to Olympics after Thomas-Uber disappointments

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Indonesian players practice to prepare for next week's Indonesia open. (photo: PBSI)

Jakarta: After emerging as the runners-up in Thomas Cup Finals, and losing to Korea in the Uber Cup quarter-finals, the Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) said their men’s and women’s team have set their sights on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Indonesian players practice to prepare for next week's Indonesia open. (photo: PBSI)

“We’ve been preparing for Rio Olympics for a while, but we have temporarily given our attention to Thomas Cup and Uber Cup. Now that the tournament is over, it’s time to focus on the Olympics,” said Chairman of PBSI Central Executive Board Gita Wirjawan at Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Tangerang on Monday.

“A number of our shuttlers will also participate in the Indonesia Open that will kick off next week,” said Wirjawan.

Despite failing to bring the trophies home, Wirjawan was satisfied with the performance of the Indonesian shuttlers.

“Although we didn’t win the Thomas Cup, but I am very proud of our Thomas and Uber Cup teams. I strongly believe we have better chance in the future,” added Wirjawan.

Ten Indonesian shuttlers, including Tommy Sugiarto in men’s singles, Linda Wenifanetri in women’s singles, Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan in men’s doubles, Greysia Polii/Nitya Krishinda Maheswari in women’s doubles, and two mixed doubles players, namely Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir and Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto have officially earned qualification berths for the August Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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