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RI shuttlers see smooth start at Thomas Cup

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 13 2008   /  12:18 pm

Indonesia is hoping for a smooth ride through the early rounds of the prestigious Thomas Cup men's team badminton event from May 11 to 18 here after being drawn with Thailand and Germany, away from badminton heavyweights China, Malaysia and South Korea. "This is a good start for us, but it doesn't mean that it will be easy to beat those two countries (Thailand and Germany). We should be careful of not dropping any points," Indonesia's Thomas Cup team manager Lutfi Hamid said Wednesday after the tournament's draw at a TransTV studio. Lutfi said Thailand could prove to be a dark horse in the group, while Germany, which represents Europe together with Denmark and England, has a strong men's doubles pair that must be reckoned with. "We will focus on how to finish No. 1 in the Group D. We will decide later what we should do to achieve the ultimate target...