PBSI ready to take big steps under Susi Susanti and expects to do well in 2017 SEA Games

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Susi Susanti and Alan Budikusuma are Olympic married couples who have won gold medals in the 1992 Olympics. (photo: Antara)

Jakarta: After the coaching change by replacing former head of development and high performance of Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) Rexy Mainaky with former Olympic champion Susi Susanti, the highest badminton government body in Indonesia is aiming to dominate the 2017 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia from August 19 to August 31.Susi Susanti and Alan Budikusuma are Olympic married couples who have won gold medals in the 1992 Olympics. (photo: Antara)

According to PBSI’s new youth development and technical head – Susi Susanti, the PBSI has recently signed a two-year contract with 24 coaches, including Minarti Timur, Vita Marissa and Nova Widianto, while still seeking for an appropriate candidate in the women’s singles category.

“We only appoint local coaches we think could make a difference,” said Susanti.

“Our shuttlers will face intense competition from both internally and externally. We will conduct evaluation annually to decide promotions and demotions of our players,” added Susanti.

Indonesia won 3 gold (men’s team, men’s doubles, mixed doubles), two silver (women’s singles, men’s doubles), and four bronze (2 x women’s doubles, mixed doubles, women’s team) medals in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games, is aiming for better result in this year’s SEA Games.

“We want to win in as many categories as possible, but we do not want to set a numerical target just yet. We just want our players to play their best,” said PBSI chairman Wiranto.

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