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International Experience for Indonesian Youngsters

Indonesian coaches are hoping their up and coming players will benefit from the experience of playing in an international environment when they take part in this week's Tangkas-Alfarmart Open Championship in Senayan, Central Jakarta.

The tournament is specifically aimed at under 19 players and more than 450 youngsters representing 13 countries had registered for the event at the Bung Karno complex.

The countries involved are France, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, United States, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Africa and the hosts.

Indonesian Badminton Association chairman Sutiyoso is confident the experience will help the country's next generation of players learn about what is needed to compete at international level.

He also said the tournament provides an excellent opportunity for Indonesian scouts to identify more players to groom for the future.

He was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying: "Our young players need more challenges to hone their skills. This event has something to offer thanks to the participation of the foreign shuttlers. Hopefully, we can find more talented players during the tournament."

The men's singles competition will feature almost 190 players while close to 80 shuttles will compete in the women's singles event.

The men's doubles will feature nearly 100 players, 40 in the women's doubles also more than 50 will contest the mixed doubles competition.

Indonesians make up the bulk of the entries with 409 shuttlers coming from 33 provinces around the country. This also makes them favourites to win the majority of titles on offer, especially with the top youngsters from China missing from the tournament.

The Chinese are staging a similar tournament in their own country and were therefore unable to commit any players to the Indonesian event.

Meanwhile, organisers are looking at including the US$11,000 tournament as part of world governing body, Badminton World Federation's (BWF) official calendar.

As part of the BWF schedule, the tournament would carry ranking points as well as attract a stronger field from the top countries, including European powerhouses such as Denmark and England.

Tangkas Badminton Club, one of the most famous badminton institute's in Indonesia, is the main organiser of the event, along with chain store operator PT Sumber Alfaria Trijaya, which administers the Alfamart outlets.

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