The Executive Board of the Indonesian Badminton Association (PP PBSI) is optimistic that the athletes from men’s singles will be able to offer a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
This was said by Vice Chairman of PP PBSI Alex Tirta. According to him the men’s singles number has a great opportunity to be able to bring home the gold from the Olympics which will be held on July 24-August 9 2020.
Alex’s statement is not just wishful thinking, because it is based on a strong analysis. Where is the material of Indonesian men’s singles currently does have quality above average.
Evidently, with the presence of two male singles who have been the mainstay of the Indonesian Team, namely Jonatan Christie and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting. Both are currently ranked eighth in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers. Anthony Ginting is currently in 5th place with 75,722 points. While Jonatan is still safe in 7th place with a total of 73,538 points.
Referring to this fact, Alex Tirta firmly said that the male sector will not only depend on double numbers, but also singles.
Moreover, both Anthony and Jonatan, both had bulldozed opponents in the top 8 positions.
“I think everything is okay, there is no problem. Singles (sons) have a chance,” said Alex Tirta at the Kemenpora Office, Tuesday, February 11, 2020, as reported by Bolasport.
“Hopefully the athletes are in good condition, they can maintain their health, the best we will get,” said Alex added.
Alex has a hope that the men’s singles can show their best performance and offer pride to the Indonesian people in Tokyo. Although, PP PBSI’s target is only to get one gold from badminton at the 2020 Olympics.
“It is also expected from the single (male), but the realistic target is indeed from the double (male),” said Alex.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian Team of men’s doubles is almost certainly a red ticket to Tokyo, with two direct representatives, although the qualification point count will still run until next April, precisely after the Asian Championship 2020.
At present, three Indonesian men’s doubles representatives occupy the top eight positions at Race to Tokyo namely Marcus Fernaldi Gideon / Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, Mohammad Ahsan / Hendra Setiawan, and Fajar Alfian / Muhammad Rian Ardianto.
Duet Marcus / Kevin leads Race to Tokyo ranking list with 104,403 points, followed by Ahsan / Hendra who are second with 99,500 points. Meanwhile, Fajar / Rian was ranked 5th with 75,885 points.
PP PBSI is indeed burdened by the target of sending two representatives from each match number. The target is quite heavy considering the women’s sector still lacks representatives who are able to penetrate the elite level of the world.