Indonesian badminton association rejects auction for major events

Indonesian badminton association rejects auction for major events

Secretary General of PBSI executive board Achmad Budiharto (Antara/Imam Santoso)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Badminton Association or PBSI will not participate in the auction for holding major events in the World Badminton Federation (WBF) for the 2019-2025 period.

"We filed an objection to WBF, as the policy imposed for the implementation of WBF`s major events is burdening the host country," Secretary General of PBSI executive board Achmad Budiharto said in a statement received by Antara on Thursday.

There are six tournaments included as major events in the WBF category, namely the World Championship, the Veterans World Championship, the World Junior Championship, the Suhandinata Cup (World junior team championship), the Thomas and Uber Cup, and the Sudirman Cup.

In each major event, WBF imposes a commercial distribution of 80 percent-20 percent. That is, 80 percent of exposure sponsorship is fully controlled by the WBF, while the portion for host countries is only 20 percent.

"If the provision is like that, then the host country will find it difficult to find sponsors. We hope WBF will change the concept of commercial distribution to 60 percent for host countries and 40 percent for WBF," Budiharto stated.

Meanwhile, head of subdivision of International Relations of PBSI Bambang Roedyanto noted that the decision to avoid taking part in the auction for the WBF major events was also done considering that Indonesia, as the host of the 2015 World Championship, suffered many losses in 2015.

"At present, the extra cost is getting bigger for the host country, including the accommodation and transportation. Therefore, we ask the WBF not to make biased rules," Budiharto remarked.

In addition, he revealed that the auction for the hosts of the 2019-2025 WBF Major Events is taking place at the WBF headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday (Nov 29).

Some countries participated in the auction, including Japan, South Korea, Macau, India, Russia, and Thailand, and the results will be announced today at around 06:00 p.m. local time.

"So far, three countries have filed objection to BWF for commercial policies implemented for the major events, namely Indonesia, China, and Malaysia," Budiharto revealed.

Indonesia last joined the major events of auction tournament in 2014. Then, Indonesia won the auction as the host of the 2015 World Championship tournament in Jakarta as well as the Junior World Championship and the 2017 Team Junior World Championship in Yogyakarta.

Thus, Indonesia will temporarily only host tournaments that fall into the WBF World Tour category in three levels, namely Indonesia Open Super 1000, Indonesia Masters Super 500, and Indonesia International Badminton Championships Super 100, until 2021.

Reporting by Rr. Cornea Khairany, Bustanuddin
Editing by Rahmad Nasution