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Denmark on the making of young blood in badminton

  • Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 20 2010   /  01:07 pm

Aiming to rejuvenate its elite shuttlers, Denmark is upbeat about its newly installed athlete development program, aiming for higher achievement in the international badminton arena.

Similar to Indonesia’s drought of young blood and long-term dependence on veteran Taufik Hidayat, for more than a decade, Denmark has been relying on its current world number two men’s singles ace Peter Gade and other players who a part of the veteran group.

Fully aware of its athlete-regeneration issue, five years ago, the Badminton Association of Denmark (BAD) initiated a development program right at the country’s sports core: clubs.

The program, called the Badminton Age-related Training Concept (BATK) includes a training scheme focusing more hours on physical and strength drilling, junior grading systems through year-round local tournaments and one-on-one coaching sessions. <...