• Indonesia honours Ahsan, Hendra with MVP award (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: All-Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) knows how to motivate their national badminton players to keep winning honours for their country.

    On Saturday, PBSI honoured reigning men’s doubles world champions Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan with the Most Valuable Players (MVP) award, which came with a 1bil rupiah (RM273,866) reward in a special ceremony during the Indonesia Super League (ISL) in Surabaya.Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan on their way to winning the BWF World Superseries Finals in December. Last year, they also won the Malaysian Open, Indonesian Open, Singapore Open and Japan Open.

    PBSI chairman Gita Wirjawan is quoted by the Jakarta Post saying: ”They (Ahsan and Hendra) are models for all of us. Anyone can become a champion. In 2012, they were ranked 50th in the world. After winning the world title (in Guangzhou last August), they are now the world No. 1 pair.”

  • Indon show puts Iskandar in the Thomas Cup mix (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: National singles shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin won only one match in the Indonesia Super League (ISL) but he has certainly gained in terms of experience.

    In fact, the exciting adventure in Surabaya has sparked the fire in him to go all out and win the right to represent the country in this year’s Thomas Cup Finals in May at New Delhi.

    Malaysia’s campaign in the ongoing ISL ended on Friday after the Iskandar-led Malaysian Tigers lost three out of their four Group ties.Back-up shuttler, Iskandar Zulkarnain did well in the recently concluded Indonesian Super League to stake his claim in the Malaysian Thomas Cup team.

    Their record reads: Lost to Taiwan Cooperative Bank 4-1 (Tuesday); beat SGC Thailand 3-2 (Wednesday); lost 5-0 to Jaya Raya Jakarta (Thursday); and lost 3-2 to Hi-Qua Wima Surabaya (Friday).

    For Iskandar, who played first singles in all the ties, the highlight was when he held world No. 3 Tommy Sugiarto of Jaya Raya Jakarta by the throat before going down 21-23, 18-21 in 43 minutes.

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