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I hope the BWF (Badminton World Federation) will seriously do something about the Olympic qualifying format or risk getting badminton dropped from the Games. ---->>>

My parents told me either I choose badminton, or school has to make the best of me. ---->>>

Rejuvenation of younger players should be the job of the Indonesian Badminton Association. But local competitions will help identify new talent. ---->>>

The PBSI (Indonesian Badminton Association) have to work harder to widen the pool and find quality players. The present indifferent culture has to change. ---->>>

Now, they hold the World Cup every year, so it's like any Super Series. It's boring. To me, it's very boring. I think the players will always attend the World Cup. But for the fans, and also for most players, the Olympics and Asian Games will become more important. Nobody will look forward to the World Cup with anticipation. ---->>>

There is talk that badminton may not make it as a sport in the 2020 Olympics. We must bear in mind that other sports are strongly lobbying to be included. ---->>>

I hope young athletes can imitate my good side only, not the bad side. ---->>>

The Indonesian brands aren't interested in sports people, only movie stars, because they can get more exposure in the media. ---->>>

Sports in Indonesia aren't being supported by the government. The rewards you get as a young player don't match the effort you put in. I want to be different from other athletes, if not better, and I want to make something good out of my profile and help the younger players have opportunities. ---->>>


Taufik Hidayat profile (taufik-hidayat.jpg)
Nationality: Indonesian
Born: 08-10, 1981
Occupation: Athlete

Taufik Hidayat (born 10 August 1981 in Bandung, West Java) is a retired Indonesian badminton player. He is a former World and Olympic champion in men's singles. He has also won the Indonesian Open six times (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006). When he was young, he joined the SGS Club, a badminton club in Bandung, where he trained under Iie Sumirat (wikipedia)