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Jakarta Post

RI heads home early after a shock defeat by Japan

  • Niken Prathivi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 24 2012   /  07:41 am

An Indonesian team was defeated the quarterfinal round of the Thomas Cup badminton championship for the first time since 1958.

Coming to Wuhan, China, with a high expectation of surviving a bit longer in the Thomas and Uber Cup championships, the Thomas Cup team headed home early after a 3-2 loss to underdogs Japan in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

“This has happened for the first time in our history. It is such a concern. They [The Thomas team] did not even reach the semifinals,” Indonesian coach coordinator for doubles Christian Hadinata told The Jakarta Post.

Indonesia has never missed a Thomas Cup semifinal round since 1958 and has won the title 13 times since the tournament was held for first time in 1948-49. Apart from Indonesia, only two other nations have won the cup. China, which did not begin to compete until 1982, has eight titles while Malaysia has w...