Jakarta. The Spanish La Liga, one of the best football leagues in the world, has come to Jakarta along with badminton Olympic gold winner Carolina Marin to promote Spanish sports in the country.
The Spanish league, home to top-tier clubs like FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, invited 2016 Rio Olympic gold winner Marin to touch down in the archipelago to promote Spain's LaLige4Sports program, which markets the country's 64 sport federations to countries around the world.
"Badminton teaming up with La Liga will create a good impression to capitalize on the passion Indonesian sports fans feel," the 23-year-old female shuttler said at a press conference in Jakarta on Sunday (11/06).
"La Liga is the best [football] league in the world with its clubs [Real and Barcelona] having won the last four Champions League campaigns," she said.
"Indonesia is an important market for both La Liga and the Spanish sports community."
Indonesia's 2015 beauty pageant winner Anindya Kusuma Putri also attended the conference and even sparred with the Spanish gold winner.
Anindya, who was once an elite shuttler at the junior level, showed decent technique while playing against the Olympic winner.
"I was serious about badminton at the time, but I had to stop," Anindya said.
"This initiative is inspiring. We hope La Liga can influence other sports in Indonesia."
Badminton is the second most popular sport in the Southeast Asian country, though its elite players have won more medals on a global level than its more popular football counterparts.