Agung Firman Sampurna, the new captain of badminton in Indonesia

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Agung Firman Sampurna. (Prive. Doc)

IO – As predicted, the head of the Supreme Audit Agency of the Republic of Indonesia, Agung Firman Sampurna was finally elected by acclamation as the Chairman of the Board of the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) at the PBSI National Conference, 5-6 November at JLH Hotel, Serpong, Banten. Another candidate for chairman, Ari Wibowo, failed to go any further. This is because Ari was declared as not meeting the requirements of the PBSI selection team after there were five invalid ballots.  

“I was asked to be a candidate for chairman of PBSI since the middle of last year, but it wasn’t until last March that I considered this candidacy before finally officially accepting that offer a month later.”  

“I have long thought that we need to have a folk sport that can also be used as a unifying tool and badminton is one of them.” “Many think that I will not have time to take care of PBSI. Indeed, gathering many people in one place for meetings or coordination is very difficult.”  

Agung will utilize virtual technology that is currently widely used, so he can still hold meetings at different places. “So we will use virtual technology like this for coordination at PBSI later.”  

A tough task will await Agung and his ranks in 2021. PBSI’s five priority events are the Tokyo Olympics, the Thomas and Uber Cup, the Sudirman Cup, the World Championship, and the All England.  

Agung promised to continue the good things that had been done by the previous chairman of PBSI, Wiranto.  

“I believe PBSI in the last four years has made many improvements, has produced various national and international achievements. We want to go further, we want to make leaps, not just ordinary but big leaps, quantum leaps, for athletes, clubs, and this nation,” said Agung.  

“Thank you profusely for the trust given. I and the formation team have 30 days to compile the management of PBSI for the 2020-2024 period who are recruited from those who are active, professional and have the opportunity to contribute to bringing our sport to the peak of achievement.”