Badminton May Lose Its Place In Olympics

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Taufik Hidayat

Taufik Hidayat



INDONESIAN Taufik Hidayat’s new training centre in Jakarta acquired off the ground on Jan 1. However he fears that none of his budding charges might get an opportunity to compete within the Olympics.


The 32-year-old Taufik believes badminton is losing its appeal and it might lose its place in the Olympics.


Taufik mentioned the slew of retirements and withdrawals at last week’s US$1mil Korean Open, the richest badminton event in the world, additionally damaged the sport’s image.


“The scenario has worsened since I began playing badminton on the age of 15. The constant retirements of players don’t augur well for the game. There may be discussion that badminton might not make it as a sport in the 2020 Olympics. We should keep in mind that other sports activities are strongly lobbying to be included.


“I’ve simply began my very own centre. It caters for eight or nine year-olds. Now, I’m not certain whether or not they’ll get an opportunity to play in the Olympics,” added Taufik.


What irked Taufik most was that the withdrawals and retirements nonetheless occurred regardless of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) taking a strong stance, particularly throughout last year’s London Olympic Games. Four women’s doubles pairs had been banned for “not utilizing one’s greatest efforts to win a match”. The BWF additionally warned their associates over the constant walkovers on the tour.


Taufik felt that not many are taking the world body seriously.


“I hope to see BWF amend or strengthen their rules and regulations on players and the tournaments. And the BWF should additionally make a better effort to make the sport big in America and Africa,” said Taufik.


On his playing career, Taufik mentioned he would call it quits soon.


“I shall be retiring for good after my home tournament – the Indonesia Open June 11-16. My form has suffered a sharp dip. It’s not due to the lack of trying or my fitness level. It’s all in my head. I’ve not been completely focused on badminton as I used to be quite occupied with establishing my training centre,” he said.


“I’ve six months before I bid goodbye however I hope to accomplish two things – win my first All-England title (in March) and complete my career with an Indonesian Open title in June,” added Taufik, a winner of all the other major titles, together with the Olympics, World Championships and Asian Games.


On his chances in the Maybank Malaysian Open, world No. 17 Taufik, who will tackle third seed Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam within the first round at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil right now, said: “I’m not certain about my chances but my friend Lee Chong Wei will certainly win it. He has been dominating the Super Series circuit, but I hope to see him finally win the World Championships to prove that he also can win major titles.”







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