GOR Djarum, Magelang, Central Java, will become the host of the event on the upcoming 15th to 20th of October 2019.
In this fourth year of the tournament, not less than 265 athletes in the U17 dan U19 sectors of men and women from 6 countries are ready to compete each other. Starting from Malaysia, Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, and of course Indonesia, will compete in five competing parties consisting of three single sectors and two double sectors.
“Superliga Junior is a team tournament that will test the mentality of these young athletes in a team championship format. They are expected to have qualified experience when appearing on bigger events,” said Achmad Budiharto, Director of Superliga, at the Caffino press conference Junior Superliga 2019, Ayana Ballroom, Midplaza, Central Jakarta, Wednesday (9/10).
Just like the previous years, this year’s Junior Super League championship will use a team format like the Thomas and Uber Cup. The U19 trophies that are to be contested are the Liem Swie King Cup for Men’s U19 and the Susy Susanti Cup for Women’s U19.
Meanwhile, for the U17 category, the trophies are the Hariyanto Arbi Cup for men and the Yuni Kartika Cup for women.
This year, a total of 13 badminton clubs have registered to compete for the title.
These clubs include PB Djarum, Exist Badminton Club, PB Jaya Raya, Mutiara Cardinal Bandung, Jatim United, Bibli.com Team, SGS PLN Bandung, Sarwedah Badminton Club, Harimau Muda (Malaysia), Kumamoto Team (Japan), Granular Badminton Academy (Thailand), Taiwan High School (Taiwan), dan Singapore Badminton Association (Singapore).
In the meantime, the Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Badminton Association, Alex Tirta, welcome the tournament enthusiastically. He said this tournament will be a preparation for the junior badminton players in the future.
“This tournament is very good for our junior players and in my opinion, they will have a golden opportunity, not only to show their skills on the field, but also their teamwork. I can also see that lot of international clubs have joined this tournament, which means more rivalry will happen. I hope this not only sharpen their skills but also prepare the regeneration of badminton players in the future,” he added.
Meanwhile, PB Djarum who also attended the press conference, gives their appreciation for the tournament. In fact, PB Djarum is currently focusing on continuing their winning title from last year.
“Last year, we succeeded on winning the Yuni Kartika trophy, and we should be able to keep this title again this year. Even though it’s a difficult task, we will still try as hard as we can to keep it. Most of the U19 men team of Djarum, are also competing in the WJC right now, but they are used to competing in tight schedule, so I guess it’s not a big deal for them,” told Antonisus Budi Arianto, a representative from PB Djarum. (OL-7)