Badminton as an instrument of Diplomacy strengthens cooperation between Indonesia and Cuba


The Indonesian Badminton Junior athletes proved their capacity on winning all the gold medals at the 11th “Giraldilla” Badminton Tournament that was held from 25 till 28 March 2010. The presence of the Indonesian Badminton team in Cuba was the result of the diplomatic efforts aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation with this Caribbean island in the field of sport.


In the framework of bilateral cooperation, the Indonesian Embassy in Havana, the Indonesian Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Indonesian Badminton Union, through the presence of the experienced former national badminton athlete and current Head of the Department of Development and Achievement of the Badminton Union, Lius Pongoh, once again carried out the Coaching Clinic for the Cuban National Badminton Team. It is hoped that through these activities Indonesia may help Cuba continue developing and improving in this sport.


In addition, one of the additional values for Indonesia in participating at the Tournament is that of the increase in interest of participants from South American countries to learn about badminton in Indonesia.

The “Giraldilla” Badminton Tournament that is held within the circuit of the Pan-American Badminton Federation had the participation of five nations of South America and the Caribbean area. Except for Indonesia, Asia was also represented by the participation of the Philippines.


The gold medals of the Indonesian team were won by Siti Anida Lestari Quryatin (women’s single), Muhammad Ulinuha and Berry Anggriawan (men’s double), Aurien Hudiono and Ni Made Claudia (women’s double) and Muhammad Ulinuha and Aurien Hudiono (mixed double). In addition to the gold medals, two Indonesian athletes were also distinguished as the best participants, namely Ni Made Claudia as the best feminine athlete and Berry Anggriawan as the best masculine athlete.

The Indonesian Ambassador H.E. Mr. Banua Radja Manik was granted the honour of handing the medals to each of the Indonesian athletes. With this victory, Indonesia has obtained success for the second time in its participation at the “Giraldilla” Tournament, the first time having been in 2009.


For the Indonesia junior team, the participation at the Tournament has not only been aimed at increasing their abilities but also at contributing to the formation of their character on receiving this experience and by directly facing the Cuban athletes. Except for Lius Pongoh, the Indonesian Badminton team was also accompanied by Edi Nurinda Susila from the Ministry of Youth and Sport as manager of the team. (Source: Indonesian Embassy in Havana)