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Gita elected PBSI’s new chairman

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 22 2012   /  01:23 pm

A daunting task is ahead of Gita Wirjawan, the newly elected chairman of the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI), as the nation is desperate to regain glory in the sport.

The trade minister was elected the chairman during PBSI’s national meeting in Yogyakarta on Friday. He gained support from 30 of 33 provincial boards, with only Jakarta and West Nusa Tenggara voting for Icuk Sugiarto, the other candidate in the election, while Riau opted to abstain.

When officially inaugurated, Gita will replace Djoko Santoso, whose 2008–2012 chairmanship was marred by national badminton’s disappointing performance.

The most recent disappointment was at the London Olympics, where Indonesian shuttlers failed to bring home any medals for the first time since the sport was officially included in the Olympics at Barcelona in 1992.

To add to the woes, Indonesian women...