We are very grateful and happy to have won for Indonesia
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Para Badminton team bagged eight medals at the 2023 Japan Para Badminton International tournament held in Tokyo, Japan, on November 7-12.

Quoted from the official statement released by the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) here on Tuesday, the Indonesian team won one gold, four silver, and three bronze medals from the championship.

In an all-Indonesian final, Leani Ratri Oktila and Hikmat Ramdani clinched a gold medal in the SL3-SU5 mixed doubles after competing against Khalimatus Sadiyah and Fredy Setiawan, with a score of 21-15, 21-13.

Oktila said she is grateful to have won the championship that is listed in the BWF Para Badminton International Level 2 calendar.

However, she did draw attention to the fatigue experienced by the Indonesian athletes after earlier participating in the prestigious 2022 Hangzhou Asian Para Games.

"We are very grateful and happy to have won for Indonesia, but at this event, our feelings were not as enthusiastic as participating in other events. Maybe we were very tired due to the dense recent activities," she explained.

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She remarked that during the tournament, Indonesia's toughest opponents were the Chinese and Indian teams.

"We also had to fight boredom because we trained and competed abroad for a long time," she stated.

The busy series of championships compelled them to continue to do their best in every tournament. After Hangzhou and before leaving for Tokyo, the Red and White squad also trained in Machida, Japan.

"Our conditions were not fit enough during the training and competition in Japan. We also needed to fight the lack of enthusiasm here," Ramdani stated.

The four silver medals were presented by Fredy Setiawan in the SL4 men's singles, Suryo Nugroho in the SU5 men's singles, Qonitah Ikhtiar Syakuroh in the SL3 women's singles, and Leani Ratri Oktila and Khalimatus Sadiyah in the SL3-SU5 women's doubles.

The three bronze medals were contributed by Dheva Anrimusthi in the SU5 singles, Leani Ratri Oktila in the SL4 women's singles, and Khalimatus Sadiyah in the SL4 women's singles.

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