Jakarta. Indonesia for the first time has failed to advance from group stage at the Sudirman Cup.
In Group D, India beat Indonesia 4-1 in the first match in Gold Coast, Australia, on Tuesday (23/05). A day later, even though Indonesia won with Denmark 3-2, the squad failed to reach the quarterfinals as it had no score advantage.
This year's appearance at the most prestigious badminton tournament was the worst in Indonesia's history.
"I apologize to all Indonesians, that was out of our expectations, it's a shocking result. The federation will soon assess this," Indonesian contingent leader Achmad Budiharto said, as quoted on the Indonesian Badminton Federation's (PBSI) website.
"Our athletes have put maximum effort. We must accept it that we didn't advance, I personally apologize for the result," PBSI technical and development chief Susi Susanti said.
Indonesia's most promising pair Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon failed to win on Wednesday after they were beaten by Danes Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen.
Earlier, in a mixed doubles match, the first game against Denmark, Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto outclassed Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen 21-12 and 21-13. In the second game, Indonesia's Anthony Ginting won with Denmark's Viktor Axelsen. But this was not enough.
Indonesia won the Sudirman Cup in 1989 and was six times a runner-up, the last time in 2007.