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Indonesia plans to bring extra players for early training in London


10:29, April 17, 2012

JAKARTA, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia plans to send extra players for early badminton training in London in anticipating a small group of shuttlers for the upcoming Olympics, a paper quoting official reported here on Monday.

The new players would be as sparring partners for an early training camp before the Games begin.

"We probably will have nine shuttlers qualified for the Olympics: one in mixed doubles, one in men's doubles, one in women's doubles, two in men's singles and one in women's singles," the Indonesian Badminton Association's (PBSI) athletic development chief Hadi Nasri was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying.

"We really hope to have more players qualify, possibly in doubles ... but due to the team's needs, we will bring more players to London as the squad's sparring partners," he said.

The team is scheduled to leave for London on July 22 to prepare for the Games' badminton competition from July 28 to Aug. 5.

The possible names for the nation's Olympic badminton squad include recent All England winners and current world No. 3 Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir in mixed doubles; world No. 6 Mohammad Ahsan-Bona Septano in men's doubles; world No. 8 Greysia Polii-Meiliana Jauhari in women's doubles, world No. 9 Simon Santoso and world No. 11 Taufik Hidayat, Hadi said.

In the women's singles, world No. 34 Maria Febe Kusumastuti, world No. 35 Adrianti Firdasari or world No. 41 Aprilia Yuswandari would be tipped to represent Indonesia, he added.


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