The secret behind Indonesia’s undying love of Badminton | Land of Legends
Articles Blog

The secret behind Indonesia’s undying love of Badminton | Land of Legends

August 9, 2019


Before the Olympics, I have
won several tournaments such as the All-England
and World Cup. (SUSI SUSANTI, BARCELONA 1992
WOMEN’S SINGLES GOLD) But the Olympics was
the biggest event. And Indonesia hasn’t gotten
any gold medal before. After I got the first Olympic
gold medal for Indonesia, everything changed.
I could really feel it. (SUSI SUSANTI INA) It’s not just about
the achievement, but people became more aware
of Indonesia. This picture was taken when
I got the first Olympic medal. I was so emotional,
I was crying in that photo. It was taken when our
national flag was raised and our national anthem sung. And for me, this is my
highest achievement. It was the first gold medal,
not just for Indonesia, but also for badminton
in the Olympics itself. (SUSIE’S THEN-FIANCE GAVE
INDONESIA GOLD NUMBER TWO IN
THE MEN’S SINGLES) It was the biggest
moment for me. Like a dream, actually. We had a huge celebration
and they set up a parade (ALAN BUDIKUSUMA BARCELONA 1992
MEN’S SINGLES GOLD) for the whole of Jakarta. So that’s the atmosphere,
it was so amazing, you know. So I was shocked at this. My victory in the Olympics
brought about a very positive influence
on Indonesians, especially on children, who were all very enthusiastic
about playing badminton. And I was very happy about that because my victory enhanced
the popularity of badminton perhaps not only in Indonesia
but also other countries. For me, that was a source
of great pride because I grew up
with badminton. So when I was able to attain a
great achievement in badminton, I did not only bring about a
positive influence on badminton in Indonesia, but all
around the world. (MORE THAN TWO DECADES AFTER
THEIR HISTORIC WINS (THE LEGENDARY COUPLE REMAINS
DEDICATED) (TO HELPING INDONESIA
STAY AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME.) Badminton is my
hobby and then my passion. That’s why even after
I retired from badminton, I still keep practising,
though not every day to keep my stamina and to make
sure my body is still OK. I want to share my experience
and my knowledge too. I’m not directly coaching
the players, but indirectly, I make the “weapon”. The “weapon” is so important
to the players. We create these ourselves
for the players, for doubles players,
for singles players, for powerful players, for
not-so-powerful players. We try to figure out this. We also make a tournament. The purpose of this tournament is to give back to
my association because they trained me
and helped me to become one of the best players
in the world. That’s why I want to
give opportunities to the young players. Today’s athlete faces
more distractions. The competition is tighter, since badminton has become
an Olympic sport. Every country is competing to make their athletes
more famous. Now Badminton is not dominated
by China and Indonesia any more but you can see other countries like Spain now suddenly
coming up with good players. Even now Russia, of course
Japan and Korea. The one who is more prepared, more focused
and more disciplined, will be the Olympic champion. The distractions are not
limited to the mobile phone and movies. Discipline and hard work are what they need the most
right now. Badminton is my profession, and most of my life is tied
to badminton. Because without badminton,
I am nobody. Through badminton, I’ve become the Susi Susanti
people know today. Badminton is Indonesia’s
most famous sport after soccer. This gives us pride,
and becomes our people’s sport. (CHRISTIAN HADINATA INDUCTED
INTO THE WORLD BADMINTON) (HALL OF FAME) (HE IS ONE OF THE GREATEST
DOUBLES PLAYERS) (IN BADMINTON HISTORY) To be honest, I only followed
the badminton news (CHRISTIAN HADINATA MEN’S AND
MIXED DOUBLES LEGEND NATIONAL TRAINING DIRECTOR INDONESIA
BADMINTON ASSOCIATION (PNSI)) from newspapers, because it was
limited at that time. I read how my seniors like Tan
Joe Hok, Ferry Sonneville, Lie Po Djian, Eddy Yusuf
and many others achieved the best
in overseas tournaments such as the All-England
and Thomas Cup. I was inspired by them, by how
Indonesian badminton players could compete internationally. That was how I started to
pursue my badminton career. Their achievements
also inspired a lot of Indonesians in general. It has become our motivation
that Indonesian badminton athletes can bring pride
to our country. (INDONESIA REMAINS THE MOST
SUCCESSFUL BADMINTON COUNTRY) (AT THE PRESTIGIOUS THOMAS
CUP.) (A HISTORIC WORLD CUP FOUNDED
IN 1949,) (IT IS HIGHLY REGARDED
BY BOTH PLAYERS AND FANS) The Thomas Cup is a team event,
so it describes the actual badminton strength of
each country. Which country wins the
Thomas Cup is acknowledged to have the best foundation, because the tournament involves teams of three men’s
singles players and two doubles pairs. Back in those days,
the men’s singles was the most prestigious. Therefore, I hoped to make
the men’s doubles sector as prestigious as
the men’s singles. I was playing men’s doubles
and mixed doubles. But I also had to
continue observing, scouting talent for the
men’s doubles for players who could become
great champions and raise the profile
of the men’s doubles sector. (TO CONTINUE HIS DOUBLES
LEGACY) (CHRISTIAN INVESTED IN THE
MEN’S DOUBLES DISCIPLINE) (AS HEAD COACH IN THE ’90S) (THEIR DEPTH IN MEN’S DOUBLES
MADE THEM THE FIRST NATION) (TO WIN THE THOMAS CUP 5
CONSECUTIVE TIMES) (BETWEEN 1994 TO 2002) (AND INDONESIA HAS WON THE MOST
NUMBER OF OLYMPIC) (MEN’S DOUBLES GOLD MEDALS) Partners who are united
have a flow in their movements. There is Yin and Yang. The one that’s Yin is
more calm and cool, the other may be more emotional
and hot-tempered. This is important on the court. The one with the calm and cool
character can handle the moment when they are lagging behind. On the flip side, the one with more of a temper
can inspire emotion and motivation. There’s no secret. We only observe and
understand the character of each individual
to be integrated. The most important thing
is their playing styles, how we can unite
the different characters to create a formidable force. (MEN’S DOUBLES 2ND ROUND) (REXY MAINAKY RICKY SUBAGJA
INA) (N. PONTING DAVID WRIGHT GBR) (ONE OF CHRISTIAN’S FIRST
LEGACIES) (WAS THE LEGENDARY PAIRING OF
RICKY AND REXY) (THEY BROUGHT THE MEN’S DOUBLES
GAME TO A NEW LEVEL) Rexy and I were paired for the
first time in 1991 when my coaches Christian
Hadinata and Atik Jauhari made that decision. Before I paired up with Rexy,
I was playing with his brother, Richard Mainaky. Richard and I were
chasing points for the 1992
Barcelona Olympics. The focus was on
reaching the Olympics. The coach told me he was
breaking up our partnership. (RICKY SUBAGJA ATLANTA 1996
MEN’S DOUBLES GOLD) (HEAD INDONESIA BADMINTON
ASSOCIATION (PBSI) (DEVELOPMENT DIVISION) It meant all our points
were automatically gone once I paired up with
Richard’s younger brother Initially, I refused. I wanted to play at
Barcelona in 1992. The coach said,
“Don’t look at ’92 Barcelona, but look ahead to ’96 Atlanta.” The coaches at the time
were Christian Hadinata and Atik Jauhari, and
that was their plan. (DESPITE HIS RESISTANCE, THEY
WERE PAIRED UP.) Almost immediately, our new
team began showing results. We became champions. (IT WAS A PLAN THAT WORKED.) We won the Indonesia Open,
Japan Open, Korea Open, All-England,
World Championship, Thomas Cup and Asian Games. Rexy and I were ranked number
one in the world at the time. As we got closer to reaching
the ’96 Atlanta Olympics, I kept telling Rexy whenever
we won a major tournament such as the All-England, that I wished this were
the Olympics. We were afraid to miss
the chance and the moment to win the Olympic gold. (MATCH POINT) (MAS CHEA SOON KIT/YAP KIM
HOCK) (INA R. MAINAKY/R SUBAGJA) With the various events I’ve
ever competed in my career, every achievement that I’ve
ever had becomes complete with the Olympic gold medal. It had not been a fight
for one or two months, one or two years. This was quite a long process
to finally reach the highest peak that
I could ever achieve. It was achieved with the
greatest sense of satisfaction and gratitude. Most importantly, I got to
see our national flag raised and our national anthem sung
at the Atlanta Olympics. (TOGETHER RICKY & REXY WON OVER
30 INTERNATIONAL TITLES) (RICKY CONTINUES THE TRADITION
IN CARRYING THE BATON) (TO MENTOR AND OVERSEE THE
NATIONAL TEAM’S DEVELOPMENT) There are 10 national
circuit events. There is also another
tournament where they can earn points
for national ranking. All athletes who participate
will have a national ranking, and if they qualify, they will
play at national championships. The national championship
winner from five sectors will join the national
training camp. The club or club athletes
competing in the national championship circuits would be
ranked on their performance, and then their results in
the national championships. They’re not only playing
to show their techniques, but also their physique and
stamina. There are several criteria
that need to be fulfilled if they want to join
the national team. From this long process, that is how they join
the national training camp, and we consider
that they are the best. (INDONESIA’S BADMINTON CLUB
SYSTEM HOLDS THE KEY) (IN IDENTIFYING BADMINTON
PHENOMS) (IN THIS POPULOUS NATION) (TOP BADMINTON CLUBS ARE HIGHLY
COMPETITIVE) (WELL-FUNDED AND ALWAYS
SCOUTING FOR NEW TALENT (ACROSS THE NATION) There are two kinds
of badminton clubs. (CHRISTIAN HADINATA MEN’S AND
MIXED DOUBLES LEGEND) (NATIONAL TRAINING DIRECTOR) INDONESIA BADMINTON ASSOCIATION
(PBSI)) The first kind of club is
focused on achievements, which means the club focuses on grooming athletes
for excellence. On the other hand, there are
clubs that focus on coaching the basics
and promoting badminton. For clubs focusing
on achievement, talent scouting is
very important. Our national and international
players are coming from these clubs. National players like
Hendra, Ahsan, Tontonwi and Liliyana come
from badminton clubs. If the coaching and development
at the club is good, I think the achievements in the
national and international arenas will be good too. Our own club (PB Djarum)
will take players under 13-15 years old. In my opinion, coaching
them to become champions and good players takes
approximately 3-5 years. (GREYSIA POLII IS A SUCCESS
STORY OF A BADMINTON CLUB FIND) (SCOUTED BY A TOP BADMINTON
CLUB AS A CHILD PROTEGE) (FROM OUTSIDE OF JAVA) (GREYSIA WON INDONESIA ITS
FIRST ASIAN GAMES) (WOMEN’S DOUBLES TITLE IN 2014) (A HISTORIC FEAT IN A
DISCIPLINE LONG DOMINATED) (BY THE CHINESE) (AND SHE HAS BEEN RANKED AS
HIGH AS WORLD NUMBER TWO.) Before we competed
in the Asian Games, we didn’t expect
to win the gold. But we just never gave up,
me and my partner and the coaches as well. And the team kept reminding us
that we had the ability, so we (GREYSIA POLII WOMEN’S & MIXED
DOUBLES) had to trust and be confident
in ourselves and just do it. Jaya Raya Club, my first club, conducts training
three times a week. Then we continue to train more
if there is a need. It was like a school
for badminton. They will have auditions
for 10-year-olds – that’s when we get more achievements
through competitions. If we get the achievements,
we get directly into the dormitory
of Jaya Raya. We have to have
achievements first as kids, and the
talent as well. They look out for that. I was qualified for the
national team in 2003 at the age of 15. I had to be number one in
the national competition. I had to work hard
to achieve the best that I can in
that area first before I could enter
the national team. It was quite hard for
me as a teenager. My family background
wasn’t that rich. Badminton could bring
us to the next level so I just try, you know, to
make it better for life. To make more money is a
secondary thought for me For me, my first priority
is always the achievement. Whenever we get the number
one, of course, we will get the
bonus and money, but I just keep focusing on
my goals, like my achievements on what I have to do,
what I have to reach. I really love badminton,
I really love this game. I just want to enjoy
every training session, to work hard, as hard
as I can. I want to give the best that
I can for this country. (JOURNALIST FEMI HAS BEEN
COVERING BADMINTON) (FOR OVER TEN YEARS) (FEMI DIAH JOURNALIST,
DETIKCOM) We’ve achieved good
results in badminton. It’s now our specialty because we already have
a good system for it, and people are
enthusiastic about it. They believe that badminton
can change one’s life and turn a nobody to somebody. People are motivated at how
a village child like Taufik Hidayat, who was born in
Pangalengan as a farmer’s son, could become a world champion
and Olympic gold medallist. Greysia Polii was from
outside Java and she was able to win
the Asian Games World Superseries titles. They’ve become the role models
for Indonesian children. Because Indonesians have the
speed for the game, and also,
we have our tradition. There is an era when kids are
playing badminton like they are flying kites. They play it on the streets, on
open court, in their backyard. They are playing
badminton everywhere. It’s because we have so many
role models, and everyone is competing to become
an international player. (INDONESIAN BADMINTON FANS) (ARE KNOWN TO BE THE MOST
PASSIONATE) (THEY SET UP BLOGS AND FORUM
COMMUNITIES) (TO TALK ABOUT THE SPORT, TO
PLAY THE GAME EVERY WEEK) (CHARLES EMANUEL BADMINTON
BLOGGER) First of all,
I basically like badminton and where I come from, we have a strong tradition
of playing badminton. Our players are
not really tall, but they can reach the
shuttlecock from all corners (MARIA ETHA, BADMINTON
ENTHUSIAST) and return play
which makes it more exciting. What I love most
about Indonesia’s badminton is the tradition, (ALFONSIUS BILLY, SPORTS
BLOGGER) a tradition which focuses
all the world’s attention on Indonesia and they remember
that badminton is a source of pride for us. That’s really our identity. There are two big sports in
Indonesia that inspires a high level of euphoria –
one is soccer (YAYAT, SPORTS BLOGGER) and the other is badminton. These two sports grip the
attention of all Indonesians. because we relate closely
to these two sports. Badminton is like my second
girlfriend or lover. (MADYA PRAYOGIE, BADMINTON
ENTHUSIAST) I might be considered
an obsessive fan. I was really inspired by a badminton athlete,
Mohammad Ahsan who has been consistent
in bringing home badminton titles and
dignity for our country. I was only 7 or 8
years old when I first watched a
badminton match. (DARYADI, PUBLISHER
& CHIEF EDITOR, (BADMINTON INDONESIA
MAGAZINE) It was a match that
Rudy Hartono played in. Here in Indonesia, we
really love badminton. We idolise players
such as Rudy Hartono, Liem Swie King, we
really admire them. Even today, the youth of
Indonesia have their own idols of their own era, since
they are really young. At the age of 10, most of them
already have their own idols. Idolising these players is a
reason why we love badminton. (PUBLISHER DARYADI’S LOVE FOR
BADMINTON STARTED AS A CHILD) (NOW HE COVERS THE SPORT
FOR A LIVING) The badminton federation of
Indonesia is also extremely serious in developing and
maintaining the achievements. This is the reason why
our performance in badminton has been quite stable, though we did
have a setback a few years ago. (LONDON 2012 WAS THE FIRST
TIME INDONESIA BADMINTON) (WENT HOME FROM THE OLYMPIC
GAMES EMPTY-HANDED.) We did not get any medals
at the London 2012 Olympic (RICKY SUBAGJA ATLANTA 1996
MEN’S DOUBLES GOLD) (HEAD INDONESIA BADMINTON
ASSOCIATION (PBSI) (DEVELOPMENT DIVISION) games for badminton, not
even a silver or bronze. It was quite unexpected,
because the men’s doubles and mixed doubles teams
had a good chance. It was arguably unsuccessful,
a failure. The worst results ever
achieved were in London 2012. (CHRISTIAN HADINATA MEN’S AND
MIXED DOUBLES LEGEND) (NATIONAL TRAINING DIRECTOR) (INDONESIAN BADMINTON
ASSOCIATION (PBSI)) The non-technical factors are
the most important factors. In this case, it’s
the mental state during a match or championship. If we do a general assessment
of the athletes in their training, they are already
qualified for the match. (INDONESIA BADMINTON REGAINED
ITS COMPOSURE BY RIO 2016) (AND TOOK HOME THE MIXED
DOUBLES GOLD) (TONTOWI AHMAD AND LILIYANA
NATSIR RECEIVED A CASH REWARD (OF RUPIAH 5 BILLION AND A
LIFETIME PENSION ALLOWANCE OF) (RUPIAH 20 MILLION PER MONTH) We know that we are
very familiar with the tradition of gold
in the Olympics. If we can regain the title or
restore one cup supremacy, it will have an extraordinary
impact, not just in our men’s doubles sector but
in badminton as a whole.

Only registered users can comment.

  1. wajar sih guys. tiap-tiap sore kita dari kecil main bulutangkis didepan rumah, kalau udah jago kadangan mainnya sama bapak2. kalau dieropa, mana ada kek gitu

  2. I hate watching badminton match.

    Why? because it made me feel uneasy and emotionally unstable. I just want to scream and honestly can't stand how intense the match is. I'm proud of my country's badminton athletes and their so many great achievements, if I could I'll boast it wherever I go. Overproud? I know. But I just hate to watch the match.

    Props to any badminton fans (normal or hardcore), and my deepest sincere salute to all or any badminton players.

  3. Jepang sedang di masa emasnya, semua sektor masuk kelas elit dunia, apalagi ganda putrinya, berlapis lapis kaya kue lapis😁😁😁

  4. Gold Medal Oliympic 2020
    WS:Tunjung
    MS: Ginting
    MD:Kevin/Markus
    XD:Zheng Ziwei/Huang Yaqiong
    WD:Ganda Putri Jepang Nggak tahu yg mana
    soalnya Semuanya Kuat

  5. Lihat ini kok nangis 😭 ngerasa bahagia sekaligus terharu. Mereka layaknya pahlawan yang mengharumkan nama Indonesia 😘😘 terima kasih dan pastinya terus semangat. ✊✊✊

  6. Idk badminton seems fit Indonesian people's physique. In football we won't stand any chance against our beloved neighbor Australia. While in badminton it's not impossible for us to kill England. But Indonesia's hard rival will always be Malaysia and China.

  7. ga peduli apapun olah raganya, asal para pengurusnya bener bakal bisa membanggakan kaya bulutangkis, bahkan yg udah pensiun pun tetep andil demi perkembangan bibit muda, miris ketika olahraga terpopulernya yaitu sepakbolah justru berbeda nasib

  8. coba bayangin kalo yang dibikinin dokumenter bukan PBSI tapi PSSI pasti si om eddy bakal ngomong "apa urusan anda membuat dokumenter ini?" "bukan hak anda untuk membuat dokumenter ini"

  9. Undying love? Oh please, we "wasted" more money with football more than any sports. Could you believe we wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer money to pay football players wage a year rather than building world class library / lab? Badminton would not get even quarter money we spent on football and they actually produce results.

    Talk about priority.

  10. I am personality hate to do sport. Like a basketball, soccer, and another.
    But badminton is one and obly ball sport that I love.

    In my era, Taufiq Hidayat is our idol. I remember when I and my friends playing badminton and we all want to be next taufiq hidayat.

    In the past 10 years. Our television and goverment didn't anthusiate to promote or show the badminton games, its sad. But I hope, someone will fix it soon.

  11. Di ajang selevel olimpiade skill tidak lagi jadi penentu kemenangan tapi mental pemain dan kepercayaan pemain kalau mereka bisa menang

  12. Because it's the one thing indon are actually good at. And badminton doesn't attrack gambling syndicate so it manage to keep clean

  13. I seriously don't understand Indonesia's fanatism and obsession with soccer. I think it's pretty clear by now that badminton has much more prospects and success than soccer. It's a peaceful sport, unlike that barbaric soccer fans. Individual sports have some of the most civilized and peace supporters. Tennis. Badminton. Ping pong. Athletics. You name it.

  14. Why we Indonesian are love badminton so much? That's easy, it's because it's a very easy game to play. Often times, we never use the standard rackets at all (you know, the ones with net on them?). We sometimes use a piece of wood shaped into a big wooden spoon (we called them tok tak, which is also what we call badminton here, especially in West Java , beside bulu tangkis) and played it without the net at all, just a piece of ropes stretched out between the players.
    Yeah, beside football, badminton is one of our very popular sports here, or as we Indonesian called it, olahraga yang merakyat (people's sport).

  15. Di indonesia, semua suka badminton. Yg gak mampu beli raket, bikin pake papan triplek dan kayu. Dan maen karena untuk mengisi waktu luang dan hiburan bersama teman2.

  16. Malaysia Cuman Datok lcw doang itupun China aduh sungguh kasihan Malaysia gak punya apa apa gak bisa apa apa tidak tahu malu negara kecil hasil giveway Inggris

  17. Yang nonton 2019 dan yakin Indonesia dapat medali emas bulutangkis di Olimpiade Tokyo 2020, mana suaranyaaaa

  18. Istora Senayan hosts the most intense and craziest badminton matches I've experienced. The Indonesian supporters are so loud and passionate, the atmosphere is beyond words. Definitely a bucket list for any badminton fans to watch badminton match there. Even the world's top badminton players highly praised Istora Senayan as a most wanted badminton venue to play.

  19. badminton indonesia doakan saja semakin succes dan semakin berjaya di internasional …jaya terus indonesia#@PECINTABADMINTONKOTAKUDUS

  20. Indonesian people's love for badminton is not only shown in the admiration of our badminton heroes. A large number of relatively young badminton fans (from teenager to 30s) have shown admiration to badminton players from other countries and they are amazingly knowledgeable. Players like Lin Dan, Cai Yun, Fu Haifeng, Zhang Nan, Jung Jae-sung, Lee Yong-dae, Lee Chong Wei, Peter Gade, Viktor Axelsen, Kenichi Tago, Kento Momota, Shi Yuqi, Chris Adcock, Zhang Ning, Zhao Yunlei, Carolina Marin, Christinna Pedersen, Kamilla Rytter Juhl, Ratchanok Intanon, Saina Nehwal, Akane Yamaguchi, Nozomi Okuhara, Misaki Matsutomo, Ayaka Takahashi, and Tai Tzu-ying have their respective fans in Indonesia. Not only those top players of badminton countries are known. Even players from unheard badminton tradition countries are well known to the Indonesian badminton fans.

    Having worked for so many years and actively followed international tennis tournaments every week, I felt left behind when going to Senayan Sports Center in 2013 and found the fans knew well players who were not top ranked. It really got my attention when they were discussing the matches and habit of a Bulgarian player, Gabriela Stoeva. As a sport enthusiast, I have only heard her name and seen her results, but had never seen her played. While these fans talked about her like she was their neighbor!!! Simply amazing!

  21. Kecintaan sy terhadap bulu tangkis jg menggila, dlu sempat ikut main badminton pas masih SD, tp ya gtu ga serius, asal2an, tp kecintaan itu ttp ada bahkan lebih dan lebih skrg ini. Nanti anakku jg akan kuperkenalkan pd bulutangkis, smg kelak dia jd atlet dan bisa mengharumkan nama bangsa. Aamiin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *