Eight 2012 MILO School Competition champions have been given the opportunity to train at the Taufik Hidayat Arena in Jakarta through March 2.
The players — Cahya Christian (elementary school boys’ singles winner), Sri Fatmawati (elementary school girls’ singles), Ach Fasich and Daru Megananda (junior high school boys’ doubles), Aswin Maharani and Merta Fransiska (junior high school girls’ doubles), Ayu Nawang Wulan (junior high school girls’ singles), and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (junior high school boys’ singles) — will be taught basic skills and other valuable lessons a player by Taufik’s long time coach, Mulyo Handoyo.
“The training program given to the kids is useful for them to become world-class players. Here at the camp, we can help hone their basic skills they learned from their clubs and foster their fighting spirit,” Mulyo said on Wednesday.
Hosting the camp has been Taufik Hidayat’s dream since the arena was completed last December.
“If’s part of my commitment to host the camp, which will be the first event held at the arena,” said Taufik, who is the namesake of the stadium.
The MILO School Competition was launched in 2002 and is in its 11th season. The event was created by the late Minarni Sudaryanto, one of Indonesia’s great female shuttlers.
The camp contributes to helping the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) find talented young shuttlers. Some of them have continued on to the national training camp in Cipayung, including Tommy Sugiarto, Febby Angguni, Jonathan Christie and Anthony.
Anthony was recruited by the PBSI to join the national camp months after the competition.
“I’m very proud of my achievement. Joining the camp is not the final stage of my career as a badminton player. Indeed, it’s the beginning. I’ll give my best to pursue my dream as a world class player,” the 15-year-old said.