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Jakarta Post

Indonesia says on course to reclaim Thomas Cup

  • Damar Harsanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 25 2008   /  12:16 am

THOMAS REHEARSAL: Indonesian badminton trainer Richard Mainaky (on the bench) watches his players practice at the Cipayung badminton training camp in East Jakarta on Thursday, ahead of next month's Thomas and Uber Cups. (JP/P.J. Leo)Indonesia has been given an ideal draw in its quest to reclaim the Thomas Cup. The country will avoid any favorites or tough teams in the early rounds of the world men's team championship, which will be held from May 11-18 at Bung Karno Sports Hall in Senayan, Central Jakarta. Drawn in Group D with minnows Germany and Thailand, the 13-time Thomas Cup champion, hoping to regain the title from China, will take on the Group B runner-up in the quarterfinals if it manages to win its group. That would likely mean a meeting with Malaysia or South Korea. Indonesia beat Malaysia 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the 2004 Thomas Cup in Senayan, but it fel...