All-Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) knows how to motivate their national badminton players to keep winning honours for their country.
On Saturday, PBSI honoured reigning men’s doubles world champions Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan with the Most Valuable Players (MVP) award, which came with a 1bil rupiah (RM273,866) reward in a special ceremony during the Indonesia Super League (ISL) in Surabaya.
PBSI chairman Gita Wirjawan is quoted by the Jakarta Post saying: ”They (Ahsan and Hendra) are models for all of us. Anyone can become a champion. In 2012, they were ranked 50th in the world. After winning the world title (in Guangzhou last August), they are now the world No. 1 pair.”
Besides the world title, Ahsan-Hendra also won five other titles last year – the Malaysian Open, Indonesian Open, Singapore Open, Japan Open and the BWF World Superseries Finals.