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Jakarta Post

Indonesia to walk with limp at Sudirman Cup

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 22 2019   /  01:32 am

With the retirement of mixed doubles aces Liliyana Natsir and Debby Susanto earlier this year, the Indonesian badminton team will enter May’s Sudirman Cup mixed team tournament with a weakened squad.Indonesia is struggling to find rightful successors for the illustrious shuttlers. The red-and-white team has been drawn in a group with two European teams, Denmark and England. The cup will be held at the Guangxi Sports Center in Nanning, China, from May 19 to 26.Indonesia’s only victory at the tournament was at the cup’s debut in 1989 in Jakarta. The last time Indonesia finished as a runner-up was in 2007 in Glasgow, Scotland.Looking at the composition of players in the current national squad, badminton observer Broto Happy said they needed to work extra hard as their opponents in the group stage were tough rivals.“We don’t want a repeat of Gold Coast [Australia] two years ago. Th...