TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Age is just not a barrier for males’s doubles Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan to proceed enjoying. badminton. Ahsan/Hendra will nonetheless take part in worldwide tournaments in 2023.
This 12 months, Hendra is now 38 and Ahsan 35, the pair, who’re nicknamed “The Daddies” as a result of they don’t seem to be younger anymore, nonetheless compete with younger gamers and managed to attain the sixth world rating.
“We are going to proceed to play in 2023, regardless that we’re getting outdated. We do not have a goal but, we simply wish to take pleasure in each recreation,” mentioned Hendra within the PBSI launch on Sunday, December 11, 2022.
All through 2022, Ahsan/Hendra managed to achieve the ultimate spherical of 5 BWF World Tour tournaments, specifically the India Open, All England, Malaysia Masters, World Championships, and World Tour Finals.
“On the whole, in 2022 we’re very grateful to nonetheless be capable of make some finals regardless that the outcomes are at all times runners-up. We all know that we’re not younger anymore, however nonetheless to have the ability to play on this age is a good achievement,” added Ahsan.
Ahsan/Hendra made it to the ultimate of the 2022 World Tour Finals however misplaced to Chinese language males’s doubles Liu Yu Chen/Ou Xuan Yi within the rubber recreation 17-21, 21-19, and 12-21.
Though Liu / Ou and Ahsan / Hendra are fairly far aside in age, the pair can nonetheless sustain their recreation. Presently, Liu is 27 years outdated whereas Ou is 28.
The achievements of The Daddies can’t be underestimated as a result of they’ve received three world titles (2013, 2015, and 2019).
Ahsan/Hendra participated in main the Indonesian males’s group to win the 2020 Thomas Cup. Then they received gold within the 2011 SEA Video games and 2014 Asian Video games. The one medals they’ve but to win are from the Olympic Video games. Hendra beforehand received a gold medal on the 2008 Beijing Olympics when he paired with Markis Kido.
MUHAMMAD NURHENDRA SAPUTRA | IMAJI LASAHIDO (INTERN)
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