Tokyo: Two Indonesian badminton players in the men’s singles SU5 (athletes in the SU5 category have impairments in their upper limbs such as a missing thumb which restricts grip and power of the stroke or loss of an arm due to amputation or nerve damage) have won their respective matches at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics on Thursday.
In the match that was held at the Yoyogi National Stadium, World No. 1 Dheva Anrimusthi was able to beat French player, Meril Loquette, in his second Group A match easily.
Anrimusthi was quick to turn on his attacking mode by winning the first game 21-10. Loquette has no answer for Anrimusthi’s aggressive play in the second set, losing the second game 10-21.
According to the Paralympics website, Anrimusthi competed in regular badminton at club level in West Java, Indonesia, before his motorcycle accident.
In 2013, he was involved in a motorcycle accident in Kuningan, Indonesia. The accident has caused impairment to his right arm.
“I was taken to the hospital, but they told me nothing was wrong with my arm. But then it resulted in an impairment. I cannot straighten my right arm and it has a limited movement.”
The victory saw Anrimusthi qualified for the semi-finals.
Another Indonesian player, World No. 3 Suryo Nugroho was able to win his first group stage match against Bartlomiej Mroz of Poland 21-13, 21-10. If Nugroho could win Friday’s match against Meril Loquette, he would advance to the semi-finals.