JAKARTA – Two Indonesian men’s doubles players, Fajar Alfian and Bagas Maulana, are still plagued by injuries ahead of the 2023 BWF World Tour Finals (WTF) which will start soon. The coach, Aryono Miranat, also wants his two subordinates to maximize the recovery process because like it or not they have to fight to collect qualifying points for the 2024 Paris Olympics at the closing event of the year.
For your information, WTF 2023 will take place in Hangzhou, China, from 13-17 December. Indonesia has six representatives who have qualified, two of which are the men’s doubles duo, Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto and Bagas Maulana/Muhammad Shohibul Fikri.
Unfortunately, Fajar has not fully recovered from the hip injury he suffered. Likewise with Bagas, who complained of pain in the elbow of his right arm.
Nevertheless, the two players are still training to prepare themselves to appear at WTF 2023. This is because preparations for Hangzhou are quite short, around 10 days left. With these conditions, it is clear that the risk of injury will still haunt them in the tournament.
Aryono also revealed that Fajar and Bagas must maximize the injury recovery program process they are undergoing as a step to anticipate more serious injuries at WTF 2023. Because according to him, they must gain a lot of qualifying points for the 2024 Olympics in a tournament which will only be participated by the eight best players this year. so that it will make their steps easier to secure tickets to Paris.
“Like it or not, the therapy is now being maximized, because taking part in WTF brings big points to the Olympics, so that’s an advantage. “If they don’t participate, it’s a loss, so like it or not, the therapy has to be maximized,” said Aryono to media crew, including MNC Portal Indonesia, when met at the PBSI National Training Center, Cipayung, East Jakarta, on Wednesday, November 29 2023.
On that occasion, MNC Portal also witnessed at the location that Fajar was practicing using assistive equipment to support his injured waist. Aryono also confirmed that the former world number one player’s training had not been optimal after receiving treatment and it was predicted that it would only be fully operational next week.
“Bagas went to Prof. Niko yesterday, had an injection, then rested for two days. Fajar was also pricked by a needle yesterday so his training wasn’t optimal, previously he was just practicing strokes on the spot. “So next week we will maximize our training,” concluded the coach nicknamed Coach Naga Air.