President Jokowi Welcomes Badminton Star Liliyana Natsir at Merdeka Palace
President Joko Jokowi Widodo on Tuesday (29/1) at the Merdeka Palace received Indonesian badminton star and Rio Olympic gold medalist Liliyana Natsir.
The Indonesian badminton legend has recently announced her retirement from the sport. In response to that, President Joko Jokowi Widodo said that Indonesia would lose a great figure in badminton. Indonesia and the world will very much lose a true champion, President Jokowi said in a press conference held after meeting with the shuttler.
Nevertheless, the President expressed hope that Liliyana will continue to motivate other badminton players across the country
Liliyana has won almost all of badmintons prestigious titles, including the All England, World Championships and the Olympics. Tontowi Ahmads partner in mixed doubles last year announced her plan to retire with the 2019 Indonesian Master (which was concluded last week) as her last match.
Liliyana during the press conference reminded that the next important badminton match will be the 2020 Olympics and she expressed hope that Indonesia can win big at the event. Shortly after the retirement, Liliyana will serve as a civil servant at Ministry of Youth and Sports. Regarding the possibility to be a coach, she said she has not decided it yet. (RSF/OJI/ES)
Translated by: Estu Widyamurti
Edited by: M. Ersan Pamungkas