Thursday, 28 March 2013


Inspiring youth: Budi (right) giving instructions to his players during a training session.

FORMER Selangor badminton coach Budi Rijanto is still searching for the right formula to develop emerging Malaysian shuttlers with the right mindset.
Budi said the youngsters here were not driven enough to attain remarkable results, compared to their peers from other countries.
“They are still not convinced that badminton and other options related to the game will provide them with a secure future.
 “They do not go all the way to fulfil their true potential and they will drop out after they have attained a certain level of excellence in the game.
“It is important to introduce competitive domestic leagues and regular tournaments to sustain their interest and inspire them to push themselves in breaking barriers,” he added.
Following his stint with the Selangor side, Budi has extended his coaching venture in Malaysia with the privately owned Michael’s Badminton Academy (MBA) in Bandar Puteri, Puchong.
Besides his coaching experience in his homeland Indonesia, Budi’s credentials include stints in Brunei, Singapore and Thailand.
MBA has also acquired the services of other Indonesian trainers to assist Budi in conducting ongoing training sessions. They are Alex Ander Tamtomo, Andre Wijaya, Erik Wijaya, Tony Galei and Edwin Dwi Prijono.
As a player in the industry for more than a decade, MBA has divided its training programmes to three main segments, focusing on juniors aged between six and 16.
Besides scheduled and private group sessions, MBA also offers personal lessons.
Currently, it has about 400 trainees training at the centre.

MBA is also considering to reward promising talents from its camp to take part in higher level junior tournaments in the region.
This year, MBA plans to have its junior players join the fray in a meet in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Budi said the up-and-coming Malaysian youngsters were not getting high quality international exposure.
“There are many potential players here in Malaysia. Sadly, they are not challenging themselves to step up.
“They need to move out of the comfort zone and compete beyond the domestic scene. We must provide them with valuable international exposure to groom them so that they become accomplished players,” he added.
Meanwhile, MBA continues to preserve its efforts to run the third edition of the “Hope for Change” programme for children from selected charity homes, which is expected to start next month.
Besides reaching out to potential volunteers and partners, MBA director K.C. Lee said they were hopeful that their previous sponsors would continue to support the community-based programme hosted over a 10-month period.
“It has been challenging to deal with tricky issues, including handling the trainees’ disciplinary problems.
“Providing transportation for the children from charity homes remains a stumbling block.
“We want to give them the chance to learn the fundamental skills and unearth their potential. We are not giving this up because we want them to learn the right values and build admirable characters through badminton,” he said.
Several of the beginners from the homes have shown promise after going through an introductory session.
“They need to increase their session from once to three times a week in order to keep up,” Lee said.
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