The All England badminton tournament will soon begin in Birmingham, England, on March 16, 2022. As is well known, the All England is the oldest and most prestigious tournament in the world of the feather patting sport.
Indonesia, which is one of the strongest countries in badminton, has set a target to be able to win the tournament in this edition, as a thirst quencher after last year the Red-White team was forced to withdraw due to a plane with a Covid-19 patient.
“I set a target, this year there must be an Indonesian representative who won. The question of where the title can be achieved, at least from the men’s singles, men’s doubles or women’s doubles,” said Head of Binpres PP PBSI Rionny Mainaky in an official statement from PBSI, Tuesday (15/3). ).
Rionny explained that the All England championship which was held at the Utlita Arena Birmingham was the oldest and most prestigious tournament. Therefore, all players will want to win it.
“I can say, compared to other tournaments, the All England has a different prestige. All the best players in the world are always here. There is an assumption that if a player has not won the All England, his achievements are not complete,” said Rionny.
Because this is a prestigious championship, Indonesia also sends all its strongest players. With full strength, Rionny also saw that there was an opportunity for representatives of Indonesia to win the title.
“Speaking of opportunities, I can say our opportunities remain open. This is because we include the best and strongest players we have,” he explained.
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As for this edition of All England, in the men’s singles number, Indonesia will field three of its best players, namely Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, Jonatan Christie and Shesar Hiren Rhustavito.
Meanwhile, in the women’s singles, there is Indonesian badminton number one Gregoria Mariska Tunjung, who recently succeeded in leading the Indonesian women’s team to win the championship title at the Asian Team Badminton Championships.
In the men’s doubles, there are world number one and two pairs, namely Marcus Fernaldi/Kevin Sanjaya and Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan. Apart from that, there are also pairs of Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto, Muhammad Shohibul Fikri/Bagas Maulana, Pramudya Kusumawardana/Yeremia Erich Yoche Yacob Rambitan and Leo Rolly Carnando/Daniel Marthin.
In the women’s doubles, Indonesia will field Tokyo Olympic gold medalists Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu. While in the mixed doubles, there are Rinov Rivaldy / Pitha Haningtyas Mentari to Adnan Maulana / Mychelle Crhystine Bandaso.
Sending many young players, Rionny really hopes that the young Indonesian players who are sent can show off at the All England. The condition is that they must not feel afraid first when dealing with superior players.
“I hope they can perform well and try to enjoy the game. Take out all the results of the training so far,” said Rionny.
The Indonesian team today, Tuesday (15/3) will try out the match field at the Utita Arena Birmingham starting at 10.00 local time or at 17.00 WIB. (PBSI/OL-5)