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Jakarta Post

Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir: Committed to excellence in badminton

  • Primastuti Handayani

    The Jakarta Post

Beijing   /   Wed, August 20 2008   /  10:22 am

LILYANA NATSIR: (JP/P.J. Leo) At the age of 12, when her peers were busy with dolls, Lilyana Natsir made a risky decision. She quit school for badminton. It was a brave decision for the youngest daughter of father Beno Natsir and mother Olly Maramis. Their oldest daughter Calista Natsir is a doctor. "I was confused when I had to choose between the two. But I decided if I wanted to be a serious badminton player, then I would have to sacrifice my studies. Besides, you can study anytime. but there's a narrow window for an athlete," she said. Her hard work and commitment paid off after bringing home a silver medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games along with her partner Nova Widianto. "It was difficult to believe we could win the gold. With the pressure, we should be thankful we won the silver," she said. The Indonesians lost to event...