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Archive for May 31st, 2009

Tetra Pak Open, Pencarian Bibit Pemain Masa Depan Indonesia

Posted by SEJAHTERA BADMINTON on May 31, 2009


JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com — Demi mendukung pertumbuhan olahraga bulu tangkis di Tanah Air dan melakukan kampanye minum susu, Tetra Pak Indonesia menggelar Kejurnas Swasta Nasional Bulu Tangkis Usia Dini Tetra Pak Open 2009. Turnamen tahunan ini diselenggarakan bekerja sama dengan PBSI.

Menurut Communications Director Tetra Pak Indonesia Mignonne NB Maramis, Tetra Open merupakan bagain dari rangkaian Kampanye Minum Susu yang diselenggarakan Tetra Pak sejak 2004. Sasaran turnamen ini adalah memberikan kesadaran kepada masyarakat Indonesia, khususnya atlet muda, agar makin sadar tentang pentingnya hidup sehat, termasuk pentingnya mengonsumsi susu, demi mencetak prestasi.

“Ini merupakan turnamen yang kelima. Secara keseluruhan, tiap tahun ada peningkatan peserta dan kali ini ada 1.261 peserta usia 6-14 tahun dari 18 provinsi. Sebenarnya masih ada yang mau ikut, tapi terpaksa kami batasi karena terbentur waktu dan tempat,” ujar Maramis, Minggu (31/5).

Dia sangat berharap para juara dari turnamen ini bisa menjadi pemain masa depan Indonesia. Apalagi, pada 2010 ada Youth Championship di Singapura.

“Kami berharap, para juara dari Tetra Pak Open ini bisa jadi wakil di Kejuaraan Dunia Junior 2010, dan mereka (juara) ditampung dalam program latihan pelatnas,” tutur Maramis.

Menurut rencana, turnamen ini berlangsung pada 31 Mei-6 Juni. Kejuaraan tersebut dibuat dalam rangka menyambut pencanangan Hari Susu Nusantara yang jatuh pada 1 Juni dan puncaknya pada 7 Juni.

Para peserta yang rata-rata berasal dari klub di daerah tersebut dibagi dalam dua kelompok, yaitu kelompok usia dini (di bawah 12 tahun) dan kelompok pemula (usia di bawah 14 tahun). Mereka akan memperebutkan juara untuk sektor tunggal putra dan putri serta sektor ganda, dengan total hadiah Rp 70 juta.

Turnamen ini secara resmi dibuka oleh Menteri Negara Pemuda dan Olahraga Adhyaksa Dault. Dalam sambutannya, Adhyaksa mengatakan, kepedulian swasta terhadap perkembangan bulu tangkis Tanah Air patut disambut dengan antusias karena olahraga ini adalah simbol kebanggaan Indonesia.

“Saya berharap, dengan kejurnas usia dini ini dapat tercipta bibit-bibit pebulu tangkis andal, yang kelak dapat membuat citra bangsa Indonesia kian berbinar di mata internasional,” katanya.

Hal senada dikatakan Duta Kampanye Minum Susu Ricky Soebagdja. Mantan pemain ganda (berpasangan dengan Rexy Mainaky) yang menyumbang medali emas bagi Indonesia pada Olimpiade 1996 itu mengatakan, dari turnamen seperti inilah diharapkan bisa mencetak pemain masa depan bagi bangsa.

“Untuk menjadi pemain bintang, perlu usaha dan kerja keras yang konsisten, seperti rajin latihan dan harus bisa menjaga kondisi tubuh. Untuk kondisi tubuh, perlu asupan gizi yang seimbang, yang mana di dalamnya dibutuhkan susu untuk melengkapi kebutuhan gizi atlet. Mengonsumsi susu dua kali sehari membuat tubuh segar dan prestasi pun berbinar,” tutur Ricky.

Sebelum para atlet mulai berkompetisi, lebih dulu diadakan pertandingan eksibisi di nomor ganda. Tampil Ricky yang berpasangan dengan Deni Kantono menghadapi Candra Wijaya/Heryanto Arbi.

Dalam pertandingan selama dua set itu, mereka berbagi kemenangan. Pada set pertama Ricky/Deni unggul 22-20 dan pada set kedua giliran Candra/Heryanto menang 21-17. Duel ini sangat menarik perhatian para peserta turnamen yang tampak berdecak kagum melihat aksi para mantan jago bulu tangkis di Tanah Air tersebut.

Peserta beraslah dari Kalbar, Kaltim, Sumut, Sumbar, Jambi, Kepri, Sulteng, Sulsel, DIY, Jabar, Jateng, DKI, Jatim, Banten,  Bali, Bengkulu, Sumsel.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW : Susy Susanti still contributes to badminton

Posted by SEJAHTERA BADMINTON on May 31, 2009


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She was known as queen of badminton in the early to mid 1990s. Barcelona Olympics Gold Medal in 1992 and world champion’s crown in 1993 were her highest individual achievements during her ten years career. Since she left the world of badminton in 1998 due to her pregnancy, this four times All England winner has become a housewife and enjoys spending her time with her husband, 1992 Olympic gold medallist for men’s single, Alan Budikusuma, and her cute children: Laurencia Averina (10), Albertus Edward (9) and Sebastianus Fredrick (6). Still, she can’t eliminate badminton from her life by arranging annual tournament with Alan.

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Family comes first

Family comes first

The first thing that struck when entering the living room of Susy’s beautiful house in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, is a big family picture of her, Alan and their three children. On the other side of the wall, there was also her wedding picture. No picture of old times when she was THE badminton star. The most important thing to Susy now is her loving family.

If you ask me about my daily routine now, I would say that I spend most of my time for my family. Every morning I prepare the children needs before they go to school and in the afternoon I go to their school to bring lunch. When they are home, I help them to do their homework. I love and enjoy being a mother,” she said excitedly.

Eleven years after quitting from the Indonesian national team and dedicating her life for the family, doesn’t mean that Susy stopped playing badminton. She still plays twice a week with people in her neighborhood to keep her body healthy. But she admits that now she doesn’t have strong stamina as before. “Even Laurencia, Albertus and Sebastianus, better than me” she says.    “My opponents now are my neighbors and most of them are older men. I still have some of my typical shots, but definitely my power and stamina are much weaker” she smiled.

susy2My children also have badminton as their exercise and they are trained by my brother. I let them play in order to maintain their physics. I think they have better skills and stamina than me now,” she laughed. “Beside badminton, they also practice swimming and self-defense sports to protect themselves from annoying kids.“
Even though Alan and Susy chose sport as their careers, they do not force their children to follow the same path.

They are free to decide about their future, but they have to finish their education first. Indonesia’s government does not offer its athletes a bright future, such as comprehensive pension. Therefore it would be difficult for us to start the new life outside badminton without enough education. Therefore I want the kids to complete their studies before start working as badminton players or other professions.

Being an entrepreneur

As Susy mentioned before, many Indonesian athletes feel insecure when they retire. They usually sacrifice their education to concentrate on playing. No wonder they are confused when they retire because they have no other skills. Realizing this condition, when she was still active as a badminton player, Susy had invested some of her prize money in properties.

Since we were still playing badminton, Alan and I had already planned our future after retirement. We invested our money in real estate, buying apartments so that we still had income even though there would be no more salary as athletes. At the same time we also started thinking about starting a business.

In 2004, Susy and Alan finally established ASTEC (Alan and Susy Technology), a sport equipment corporation, to support their family. They use materials from Japan for the rackets and produced them in China. This brand has been growing up lately and marketed in most area in Indonesia. The choice of doing a business relating to badminton shows that actually Susy can’t just eliminate badminton of her life. She confesses that she loves the sport and that she hopes to still give it a contribution.

susi2As a former player, I understand that players need their own suitable racket. A single player needs a racket that supports fast movement, while double player need different one which provides more powerful shots. The players also have to choose the racket based on their individual style: defense or offense. That is actually what Alan and me are trying to create, a racket for each different player. We are directly getting involved in production process in order to produce the most suitable racket for everyone.

Beside ASTEC, the woman who was born in Tasikmalaya on February 11 in 1971 also opened a foot reflexology and sports physiotherapy center, “Fontana”. For this business, she works together with a former Indonesian badminton player, Elizabeth Latief. Now Fontana has four branches, three in Jakarta: Kelapa Gading, Sunter, Pondok Indah, plus one in Bogor.
I do have to control the business, but my main priority is still my kids. It is just about time management, you know…. While they are at school in the morning, I usually visit Fontana to make sure everything is in control. Astec is managed by Alan, now I only help him sometimes. Late afternoon I go again to the school to pick up the kids. So far I can manage my time for family and work.”

The Sacrifices

During her golden time as a badminton player, Susy won many tournaments, such as world championship in 1993, susi6All England in 1991,1992, 1993, 1994, and Barcelona Olympic Gold Medal in 1992. She also led the Indonesian team to triumph at the Uber Cup 1994 and 1996. To achieve success, she didn’t only have to practice hard everyday, but also sacrifice her youth.

I came from a family which loved playing badminton. I started when I was five and participated in some local tournaments. Then I joined Pelatnas (national training center) when I was only fourteen. At this age, the girls usually still want to have fun, go out to the mall and watch movies, unlike me who had to focus on badminton. My social life was only in badminton world and I studied at a school that was only for athletes. Honestly sometimes I felt bored with my routines and was even sick seeing a court. Can you imagine how it feels to practise badminton for eight hours a day? But then I realized that in order to be a champion, I had to work hard. I didn’t regret it, though, since it is worth with the achievement I got.”

Susy stole the attention of badminton fans when she played outstandingly in 1989 Sudirman Cup in Jakarta, and helped getting the cup to Indonesia. Since then she dominated the women’s singles event among many talented Chinese players such as Li Lingwei, Han Aiping, Huang Hua, Ye Zhaoying, Gong Zhichao until Gong Ruina. Between all her achievements, the greatest title for her obviously Barcelona Olympic’s gold medal.

It was the most memorable win for me. I gave the first gold medal for Indonesia, and in the same time Alan also won the men’s single, so it became very special. The tips to be a successful player are hard working, fighting spirit to win and ability to manage yourself. When you get sick, instead of taking medicine, you better eat healthy and traditional food. Do not wear high-heeled shoes in order to avoid ankle injuries. I think they are the keys why I could survive for about ten years and meet five generations of Chinese players during my career.”

Another contribution for badminton

Compared to her era, the achievement of Indonesian badminton players nowadays has declined. Uber, Thomas and Sudirman Cup seem unreachable to Indonesian players. She is deeply concerned about this situation :

The situation now is different than before. Badminton has been developed in many countries so that each of their players has the equal ability. But I also have to admit that many young guns in Indonesia are not really interested in badminton. Like I said before, there is no pension or benefits offered by government for the athletes. Moreover, the process to be a champion requires some times. Due to those reasons, many young Indonesian people prefer to take instant way to be an idol or a celebrity.

susi5Financial problem is also the other reason why Indonesia is running out of potential athletes. In this country, in order to be trained, the players have to join a club which requires high fee. No wonder that many future players give up due to lack of money. Concerning with this condition, Susy and Alan decided to arrange an annual tournament for kids, teenagers and adults, Astec Open.

Through this tournament, hopefully Indonesia can find its talented future players. This year Astec Open is included in BWF calendar as a challenger tournament. It will be held next August at Tennis Indoor Senayan and we will also invite players from other countries.” When asked whether she is interested in being a coach to raise the achievements of Indonesian players, she answered ‘no’ without hesitation.

PBSI has offered me that position several times, but I have to reject it. Then when they asked me to be a team manager of Uber Cup 2008, I accepted it because it was just a temporary job and the competition was held in Jakarta. Instead of being a coach, I think I prefer give contribution for Indonesian badminton through Astec Open. Being a coach would take all my time, while in fact I don’t want to miss any upgrowth moments of my kids. As you know, it only happens once in a lifetime,” she smiled.

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Rashid wants his charges to follow Chong Wei

Posted by SEJAHTERA BADMINTON on May 31, 2009


KUANTAN: National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek will guide his back-up players to imitate world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to become better players.

Besides daily on court sparring sessions, Rashid is also trying out different ways to build a close rapport off court between the back-up players and Chong Wei.

For a start, Tan Chun Seang was selected as Chong Wei’s room mate for two recent tournaments. Chun Seang shared a room with Chong Wei in Guangzhou during the Sudirman Cup three weeks ago and also in Kuantan during the just concluded Pahang Open.

And three other players under Rashid’s charge – Liew Daren, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif and Chong Wei Feng – can look forward to similar arrangements in the near future.

Through closer ties, Rashid hoped that the back-up players will pick up the positive traits from Chong Wei.

Rashid said that the country’s second stringers should idolise a top player as an inspiration to move up in their game.

The Pahang Open showed that the gap in standard is still wide between the back-up players and Chong Wei, who won the title to extend his domination in local circuit for the eighth straight year.

“Chong Wei is an ideal role model for them. Unfortunately our players are not following the good examples set by him,” said Rashid.

“Chong Wei is a top player but he still goes the extra mile. No one has to tell him to come early for training. He has his own initiative to succeed.

“I hope Chun Seang and other back-up players will keep learning things from Chong Wei – on and off the court. Does Chong Wei sleep early and what does he talk about? How does Chong Wei handle success and failure?”

Rashid added that it worked for him when he attempted to achieve success as a player.

“I really looked up to my brothers. I used to follow Misbun (Sidek) wherever he goes. I also tagged along with Foo Kok Keong. I learnt a lot from them. I try to add variety to my game by learning what they do,” said Rashid.

“And during my time, (Ong) Ewe Hock used to hang out with me and aspire the same things like me.”

Rashid said that he would be out to live up to the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) expectation of seeing his charges — Chun Seang, Arif, Liew Daren and Wei Feng — making breakthroughs in their careers.

In the recent Pahang Open, only Daren scored an upset win, beating second seed Mohd Hafiz Hashim in the second round.

“I am trying my best to help these players to raise the level of their game. We now have mental toughness programmes for them,” said Rashid.

“I am willing to go the distance with the players. But they must have the desire and initiative to do well.”

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RICKY: KUALITAS PEBULUTANGKIS MASIH SEDIKIT

Posted by SEJAHTERA BADMINTON on May 31, 2009


Jakarta, 31/5 (Roll News) – Pembinaan atlet bulutangkis di Tanah Air saat ini belum bagus bila dibandingkan dengan beberapa tahun lalu,kata mantan atlet bulutangkis nasional Ricky Soebagdja.

“Secara kuantitas pebulutangkis di Indonesia cukup banyak, tetapi secara kualitas masih sedikit,” kata peraih medali emas bulutangkis Olimpiade 1996 itu di Jakarta, Minggu.

Kurangnya pembinaan atlet bulutangkis itu katanya, salah satunya terlihat dari sedikitnya atlet bulutangkis usia dini saat ini.

Selain itu, permasalahan klasik seperti kurangnya fasilitas olahraga dan sumber daya manusia (SDM) untuk atlet maupun pelatih juga menyebabkan pembinaan atlet bulutangkis terutama di daerah luar Jawa belum bagus.

Menurutnya, untuk meningkatkan pembinaan atlet bulutangkis terutama di daerah perlu digiatkan kembali pemusatan latihan daerah (Pelatda).

Pelatda kata, dia jangan hanya dilakukan pada saat akan mengikuti pertandingan atau kejuaraan saja tetapi harus terus menerus berjalan.

Ia juga mengharapkan, kejuaraan bulutangkis baik di tingkat daerah maupun nasional harus terus digelar untuk mengetahui bibit-bibit atlet potensial.

Ricky yang juga menjadi duta kampanye minum susu itu menyambut baik sejumlah kejuaraan bulutangkis yang digelar di beberapa tempat di Tanah Air.

Kejurnas Bulutangkis Petra Pak Open 2009 yang diikuti 1.261 peserta usia 6-14 tahun di GOR PBSI Senayan Jakarta, 31 Mei-6 Juni, menurutnya sangat bagus untuk mengetahui bibit atlet potensial.

Kejurnas bulutangkis untuk usia dini dari 17 provinsi itu sendiri dibuka oleh Menteri Negara Pemuda dan Olahraga Adhyaksa Dault.

Ke-17 provinsi itu yakni Kalimantan Barat, Jambi, Kepulauan Riau, Sulawesi Tenggara, Yogyakarta, Jawa Barat, Sumatra Barat, Sulawesi Selatan, Jawa Tengah, Bali, Banten, Jakarta, Sumatra Selatan, Jawa Timur, Bengkulu dan Sumatera Utara.

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LEBIH SERIBU PESERTA BERTARUNG DI TETRA PAK OPEN 2009

Posted by SEJAHTERA BADMINTON on May 31, 2009


Jakarta, 31/5 (Roll News) – Sebanyak 1.261 peserta usia 6-14 tahun bertarung dalam Kejuaraan Nasional (Kejurnas) Bulutangkis Tetra Pak Open 2009 dari 17 provinsi di GOR PBSI Senayan Jakarta, Minggu. Kejurnas bulutangkis untuk usia dini itu dibuka oleh Menteri Negara Pemuda dan Olahraga Adhyaksa Dault dan dihadiri peraih medali emas bulutangkis Olimpiade 1996 Ricky Soebagja yang juga menjadi duta kampanye minum susu. Ke-17 provinsi itu yakni Kalimantan Barat, Jambi, Kepulauan Riau, Sulawesi Tenggara, Yogyakarta, Jawa Barat, Sumatra Barat, Sulawesi Selatan, Jawa Tengah, Bali, Banten, Jakarta, Sumatra Selatan, Jawa Timur, Bengkulu dan Sumatera Utara. Kejuaraan itu dibagi atas dua kelompok yakni kelompok usia dini di bawah 12 tahun dan kelompok pemula usia di bawah 14 tahun. Masing-masing kelompok akan memperebutkan juara satu hingga tiga untuk tunggal putra dan putri serta juara pertama hingga tiga untuk ganda putra dan putri. Menteri Negara Pemuda dan Olahraga Adhyaksa Dault dalam sambutannya mengatakan, menyambut baik pihak swasta yang turut mendukung perkembangan olahraga di Tanah Air. Olahraga bulutangkis katanya telah menjadi simbol kebanggan Indonesia di bidang olahraga di mata internasional. Ia mengharapkan, Kejurnas usia dini ini mampu menciptakan bibit-bibit pebulutangkis handal yang kelak dapat membuat citra bangsa Indonesia semakin bersinar di dunia. Sementara, Direktur Komunikasi Petra Pak Indonesia Mignonne N.B. Maramis mengatakan, kejuaraan swasta nasional usia dini Petra Pak digelar untuk keempat kalinya. Kegiatan yang bekerjasama dengan Persatuan Bulutangkis Seluruh Indonesia (PBSI) katanya merupakan salah satu bagian dari rangkaian kegiatan kampanye minum susu yang dilaksanakan Petra Pak sejak tahun 2004. “Atlet muda diharapkan sadar akan pentingnya hidup sehat baik dari segi konsumsi makanan dan gizi serta olahraga,” katanya. Kampanye minum susu adalah program yang dilakukan oleh Petra Pak Indonesia didukung oleh Departemen Pertanian, Kesehatan, Kementerian Negara Pemuda adan Olahraga, Perkumpulan Warga Tulang Sehat Indonesia (Perwatusi) serta sejumlah produsen susu. Menurut Mignonne kampanye tersebut bertujuan untuk menanamkan kebiasaan meminum susu segar di masyarakat Indonesia khususnya anak-anak mengingat konsumsi susu di Indonesia masih sangat rendah dibandingkan negara Asia lainnya. “Di Indonesia konsumsi susu hanya 10 liter per kapita per tahun, sedang di Malaysia 30 liter per kapita dan Vietnam 11 liter per kapita per tahun,” tambahnya.

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