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Jakarta Post

Bridging the gap of a different era in RI badminton

  • Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 18 2010   /  11:08 am

In a career of dedication to badminton, Retno Kustiyah has spent five decades listening to the sound of sneakers screeching against the court, and she realizes that changes need to be made in the way the country develops the next generation of talent.

Retno, who is currently a caretaker at prominent badminton club Jayaraya, received an award from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono last week for her lifetime dedication to the one of the country’s most popular sports.

“The era has changed now. We cannot force today’s generation to do exactly as we did back then,” said Retno, pointing out how values such hard work and persistence have been sidelined by consumerism and materialism, which offer instant gratification.

Thus, she emphasized the importance of improving coaching techniques among 14- to 17-year-olds, identified as the pratama group of development.