PUTRI Kusuma Wardani is determined to win the SEA Games gold medal in her debut at the Southeast Asian Games which will take place May 12-23 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
“Yes, I want gold, I just want to see that the opponent is also good, just step by step, hopefully we can get a medal at the SEA Games,” said Putri at the PP PBSI Pelatnas, Cipayung, East Jakarta, quoted Monday (2/5).
Putri feels tense before her debut, but she has prepared herself by doing various exercises, from physical training to technical training.
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“From the next few weeks now the training is still a bit heavy from increasing physical and other strengths,” said Putri.
Putri mentioned Malaysia as one of the countries to be wary of. Even so, the badminton player, who earlier this month won the BWF Super 100 Orleans Masters tournament in France, admitted that he was more confident after winning the title.
“In Orleans, the enemy is above me, maybe in the SEA Games, it’s not further, so it increases my confidence,” said Putri.
The coach and Head of the Development and Achievement Division of the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) Rionny Frederik Lambertus Mainaky is optimistic that Putri KW will be able to contribute medals, especially since the Indonesian badminton national team is strengthened by a number of experienced players such as Apriyani Rahayu.
“If you look at the last one, like Putri KW, there is Apri there, he can motivate, and as the Head of Binpres I saw their training, I think they can look proud, not only win but play badly, they have quality indeed the best level is already the world,” explained Rionny.
Rionny has prepared a strategy by equipping athletes to achieve the best results, one of which is scheduling to see the evaluation of opponents, including Malaysia, which according to him, is one of Indonesia’s toughest opponents.
“So that we can enter there not from scratch, we can imagine how to beat the opponent,” said Rionny. “My message is that we must be sure of what we have practiced. There is no rush, because if our preparation is good, there is no need to be afraid, if we believe, if God wills, we will win later.” (Ant/OL-1)