Though she was disqualified from the London Olympics last year and suffered a second-round loss in last week’s All-England Open, Greysia Polii managed to win the hearts of her fellow players and become a member of the Badminton World Federation Athletes' Commission.
Greysia and two other players — Yuhan Tan of Belgium and Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark — were elected as new representatives in the organization following four days of voting at the German and All-England Opens.
The three of them were chosen over five other candidates: Imogen Bankier of Scotland, Cai Yun of China, Koo Kien Keat of Malaysia, Kaveh Mehrabi of Iran and Wang Xin of China.
Greysia garnered 130 votes, while Tan and Vittinghus amassed 139 and 129, respectively.
The three new members will join Lee Yong Dae of Korea, Rodrigo Pacheco of Peru and Emma Mason of Scotland on the commission.
“I feel so excited to be a part of the BWF Athletes' Commission. I hope we can speak out on behalf of our fellow athletes. It also means a lot for Indonesian badminton — our voices can [now] be heard internationally,” Greysia said, as quoted by the Indonesian Badminton Association’s (PBSI) official website badmintonindonesia.org.
BWF Secretary Thomas Lund congratulated the winning candidates and wished them the best in their four-year terms. “They represent the interests of their peers in badminton,” he said, according to the BWF’s website.
Adding to the good news, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana successfully defended their mixed doubles championship title in England. The pair is the first Indonesian mixed doubles team to win the title two years in row.