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Top players going ‘low’ to save Olympics spot

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 14 2019   /  02:11 am
Uphill battle: Men’s doubles pair Fajar Alfian (left) and Muhammad Rian Ardianto pose for a photograph on the sidelines of the Yuzu Indonesia Masters 2019 presser held in Jakarta on Wednesday.(JP/Anggie Angela)(left) and Muhammad Rian Ardianto pose for a photograph on the sidelines of the Yuzu Indonesia Masters 2019 presser held in Jakarta on Wednesday.(JP/Anggie Angela)

Uphill battle: Men’s doubles pair Fajar Alfian (left) and Muhammad Rian Ardianto pose for a photograph on the sidelines of the Yuzu Indonesia Masters 2019 presser held in Jakarta on Wednesday.(JP/Anggie Angela)In their attempt to secure a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Indonesian men’s doubles badminton pair Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto have decided to attend the Yuzu Indonesia Masters 2019, a low level tournament, to collect more points.The pair, which is currently ranked seventh in the world, has been falling behind in the internal competition with their compatriots, world number one pair Kevin Sanjaya Sukomuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, as well as the world’s second-ranked pairing Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan, since the qualifiers kicked off in April. The regulations stipulate that each country can only send two pairs to Tokyo, and that those pairs should be...