Chief Security Minister Wiranto, right, after his election as chairman of the Indonesian Badminton Federation (PBSI) on Monday (31/10). On the left is his predecessor, Gita Wirjawan. (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)

Wiranto Elected as Badminton Federation Chairman


NOVEMBER 01, 2016

Jakarta. Chief Security Minister Wiranto has been elected by acclamation as new chairman of the Indonesian Badminton Federation, or PBSI, on Monday (31/10) after the only other candidate, Gita Wirjawan, withdrew his nomination.

Based on verification by the electoral committee, Gita enjoyed the support of 12 of the federation's provincial bodies, while Wiranto had 18. This prompted the former trade minister and incumbent PBSI chairman to step down.

"After serious consideration, I have decided to withdraw my nomination as PBSI chairman for the 2016-2020 period to allow Wiranto to win by acclamation," Gita said during the federation's national meeting in Surabaya, East Java, as quoted on its official website.

Wiranto hinted that he would place the right people in the PBSI's top management structure to make his work easier, as he is now holds two high-level positions.

"With solid personnel in management, we'll have a good strategy and achieve the expected results," Wiranto said.

The former military chief also lauded his predecessor for having helped Indonesia win a gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics in August.

"I'm proud to see a spirit of democracy in the election, as shown by Gita. I respect him very much and appreciate all his work for the federation as it will encourage me to do better," Wiranto said.

In his resignation speech, Gita displayed even-mindedness, stating that badminton involves collaboration.

"Badminton is too good to be destroyed, we're too good to destroy each other. I want us to walk away from this room in unity," he said.