Its been a while since the last time i wrote on this blog. I could say that after i got home, i suffered from from PES (post exchange syndrome) lol. I never thought that there’s such thing like that but i googled it and IT DOES EXIST! Because these last two weeks i keep saying to all of the people in my house that “oh how i really miss Romania” and keep comparing about my daily activities here and back then in Bucharest. I even cried one night HAHA because i missed my life back there. But i know that life must goes on and i have to go back to Jogjakarta in about a week and start my 2 years of clinical rotation next month. Ok, enough with the talk. That’s not what my post is going to be about.
This week, there is a badminton tournament called BWF Total Sudirman Cup. This is a mixed team event, joined by 27 countries and divided into three groups. I could say that this event is like “FIFA World Cup” in soccer. So this tournament is very prestigious and it will be an event of proof on which nation is the strongest for badminton. The name Sudirman Cup is actually taken from an Indonesian Badminton Player called Mr. Dick Sudirman who was a badminton player, former head of PBSI (Indonesian Badminton Association) and Vice President of IBF (International Badminton Federation) now famously known as BWF (Badminton World Federation). So i’m very happy that i finally got something to do on my leisure time which is watching badminton. My passion for this sport has been grown since i was a little. Well, since it is the national sport of Indonesia and my family (especially my grandfather) always taught me how to play badminton and he was a big fan of badminton as well. Maybe this is weird, since its kinda rare for kids these days to like this sport especially amongst my friends. I had a hard time to talk about Badminton with my friends since i was in elementary school HAHA since not everyone follow this sport or like this sport as much as me. Most of people prefer soccer. I like soccer too, but not as much as Badminton. Despite i had a hard time to find people in my age which has the same passion or hobby as mine, i keep myself updated by seeing the tournaments and the news. 🙂
Speaking about Badminton, Indonesia used to be the nation of badminton. How could it be? We won Thomas Cup 7x, Uber Cup 3x, many players have won All England Championship, Many Superseries titles, Sudirman Cup, and Individual World Championships. Compared to any other sports, this is the only sport that we can be proud of as an Indonesian. My grandpa used to tell me some stories about how proud he was watching Liem Swie King, Christian Hadinata, Rudy Hartono lifted the trophy of All England, and Thomas Cup. He said that the strongest nations in badminton are Indonesia, China, Malaysia, and Denmark. I always remember that.
Since my grandparents taught me about badminton a lot, i grew up with badminton. I had fun playing it and watching it on television. I wanted to be a badminton player for once HAHA but i know it needs dedication and hardwork to be a top badminton player, despite i need to focus on my school. Growing up, i follow badminton since the era of Bad Chun Lai, Gao Ling, Tine Baun, Taufik Hidayat, Peter Gade, Lee Yong Dae, Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei, until right now the era of upcoming badminton stars like Kevin Sanjaya, Jonatan Christie, Viktor Axelsen, She Yuqi, Chen Qingchen, etc. (I FEEL OLD LOL) and even i noticed that Badminton also has some stars in several countries that used to not play badminton like Spain, India, Japan, Germany, and Russia.
I always like badminton. Why? Because this is the only sport which I have fun watching and playing it. Its a flexible sport. You can play it either indoor or outdoor. And you can play it alone or with another person. Its fun.The racket and shuttlecock are much lighter compared to Tennis. Even though badminton is probably not as popular in the world as Tennis, since it mostly only played by Asian Countries and Countries which have great history of badminton like China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Denmark, England, Japan, and Korea. The feeling of watching badminton on TV makes me want to be there, and make Indonesia stand in the highest podium of the tournament. There’s just a proud feeling since Indonesia is a nation of badminton, i feel so proud of being Indonesian. And compared to any other sports in Indonesia, only this sport which grows and keep making achievements, especially in the olympics. Also, Indonesian badminton players are famously known and frightened by other countries since it has a great history and the players are able to reach top 10th, top 5th, or even the number 1 in the world. I believe that there’s no sport in Indonesia which has recognized and competed on the international level and keep making achievements like badminton, yet.
But today, i watched the group stage of Sudirman Cup. Its Indonesia against India. Surprisingly, Indonesia lost 1 – 4 to India. I was frustrated. Indonesia’s in group 1D with Denmark and India. I personally think that indonesia should really use the chance with india to get some points if we do really want to get through the quarter final. Because it would be much more harder to beat Denmark since they are the 2nd seeded country. Besides Denmark has an even squad. They are strong in all sectors except the Woman’s Singles. I was devastated. I mean, we are such a big nation, we had a massive achievements of badminton and even the world knows. I was pretty confident that we can get some points from the sector of doubles. Since India’s single players are in the top 20th in the world. I just could not believe this. Well i know that the athletes did their best and i believe that they feel much more disappointed than me. But a question popped up in my mind :
What is wrong with Badminton Indonesia?
There must be a massive evaluation and some changes. Massive evaluation here is not just an evaluation done by the coaches, but it needs to be done as well by the managers, or even the leader. Every single person in PBSI needs to do the evaluation and change. The key is change. How could we compete if we don’t do some changes? I mean, look at Thailand, India. They keep improving and they even GOT QUALIFIED into the quarter finals of Sudirman Cup. They may not have a lot of athletes but i saw some of the players have won several tournaments these past 1 year. My biggest fear is that Badminton Indonesia will just another history. I want my children to know that Indonesia is a nation of badminton. I want them to know that there is a sport in which Indonesia can compete in such International level. I have a big concern for the current situation of Badminton Indonesia. I hope, and i do really wish that Badminton Indonesia is not going to be deceased in the future.
There are still a lot of things in my mind about Badminton Indonesia, or even Badminton itself. Since i really like this sport. I even fan girl to the athletes more that i like actors or actresses. But i think this is enough for today to share my thoughts since i was very surprised that indonesia has lost to india earlier today. Bye for now!