Total failure in the world badminton peak tournament, World Tour Finals 2018, makes Indonesia want to change the schedule of several badminton tournaments. In addition to highlight the issue of schedules, Indonesia also questioned some of the rules of the World Badminton Federation or BWF which weighed on athletes.
The tight schedule of the tournament makes Susi Susanti, Head of PBSI’s Development and Achievement Division, see this as the cause of the decline in the ability of Indonesian athletes in the peak tournament at the end of 2018. This cause the players to experience fatigue. In this case, the WBF requires badminton players to appear in 12 BWF tournaments. In addition to Indonesia, Susi claimed there are several other countries that held similar protests.
“The world’s elite athletes can’t be overreached, because they will be prone to injury. That’s why we complain to BWF. We already gave the letter. Not just Indonesia, but also other countries, “Susi said, as quoted from Jawa Pos (15/12).
The role of sponsor is also in the spotlight from the former queen of world badminton. Susi explained, the current BWF rules are closely related to the sponsorship contracts that they have obtained. This woman from Tasikmalaya City reminds that athletes also have limitations.
“Don’t just think of sponsors, but also thinking for athletes too. There must be limits for athletes. It won’t be fair if all of this has to be done in the interests of sponsors and fines, “Susi said again.
In this year’s World Tour Finals tournament, Indonesia has rations to send 6 slots based on the ranking released by BWF at the end of last November. The winning players are Tommy Sugiarto and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in men’s singles, Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo / Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Hendra Setiawan / Mohammad Ahsan in men’s doubles, Greysia Polii / Apriyani Rahayu in women’s doubles and Hafiz Faizal / Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja in mixed doubles . Unfortunately, they had to fall and Indonesia failed to win a place in the final round.