Despite his impressive achievements, Jauza Fadhila Sugiarto decided to leave the PBSI Pelatnas at a young age. Following are the profiles of three Indonesian badminton players who chose to retire early.
Public attention continues to be seized by the latest news regarding various athletes competing in the PBSI Pelatnas. Various names continue to be targeted by badminton lovers even though they have decided to leave Cipayung.
Among them are Jauza Fadhila Sugiarto, Tania Oktaviani Kusumah, and Yulfira Barkah. All three are alumni of the Athletics National Training Center. But at the beginning of their careers they made the decision to withdraw from the PBSI National Team and their respective careers.
Jauza Fadhila Sugiarto
For those who don’t know, Jauza Fadhila Sugiarto is the daughter of legendary Indonesian badminton player Icuk Sugiarto. The Jakarta-born athlete has developed a passion for playing badminton since childhood.
In fact, Jauza’s persistent determination and consistent efforts earned him a place at the PBSI Pelatnas. At the junior world championships, Jauza has won two medals in a row.
At the 2016 World Junior Championships, Jauza Fadhila Sugiarto and Yulfira Barkah won the bronze medal in doubles. And in 2017, they won a silver medal in the same championship by partnering with Ribka Sugiarto.
After playing for Pelatnas for two years, Jauza made the decision to retire from the national team at an earlier age. In 2021 Jauza married Panji Akbar Sudrajat, who previously competed in badminton men’s singles. After moving to California, the couple eventually had a daughter.
Tania Oktaviani Kusumah
Tania Oktaviani Kusumah is a female badminton player who left Pelatnas at the second young age. He is only 16 years old. The athlete born in Bandung, October 13 1998, has been training with the Djarum club since 2010. Previously, she competed in the women’s doubles number.
After that, Tania Oktaviani Kusuma maintained her position in the national team and led Pelatnas to the next level. Together with Vania Arianti Sukoco, Tania was awarded the 2018 International Indonesia Champion title. In addition, she triumphed with Ni Ketut Mahadewi Istarani to win the first place in the 2019 Russia Open.
No doubt, Tania was not spared from a number of criticisms, including when she was given a sanction by PBSI for her actions. As a consequence of the disciplinary action taken in 2020, Tania was suspended for three months then, and she did not return to her hometown club, PB Djarum, until June 2020.
Tania announced shortly after the suspension sanction was imposed that she was no longer part of the PBSI Pelatnas. Even after learning that he was married to Rehan Diaz, BL was shocked by the news.
After her marriage, Tania followed in her husband’s footsteps and started working at a badminton club in Switzerland where she was the head coach. Tania and Rehan welcomed their first child, a son they named Svargabhumi Putra, in August 2022.
Yulfira Barkah is the next name on the list of people who left Pelatnas at a young age. She is an athlete in her own right. He was born on February 4, 1998 in the city of Medan in the province of Sumatra.
After that, Yulfira Barkah was included in the junior national team roster that competed in the 2015 Asian Junior Championships. The team eventually won a bronze medal in the competition. In addition, Yulfira and Jauza Fadhila Sugiarto brought home a bronze medal for the women’s doubles. More specifically, at the 2016 World Junior Badminton Championships.
After that, Yulfira successfully won her first international titles at the Smilling Fish International and Singapore International in 2016. With the help of Febby Valencia Dwijayanti Gani, Yulfira was able to achieve success again and win the 2021 Spain Masters.
After all this momentum, Yulfira Barkah was unlucky because she was injured. Even though the injury required him to rest from competing in a number of world tournaments. At that time, it was reported that Yulfira would leave Pelatnas in mid-2021 and marry Ryan Tryando, his best friend in the organization.