Jakarta. The Indonesian Badminton Federation, or PBSI, will send scouts to the 2017 Victor Exist Jakarta Open Junior International Championships in North Jakarta from July 31 to Aug. 6 to find the best young talent in the country.
Tournament organizers have invited 807 junior athletes from Malaysia, the Philippines, India, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Canada, England, France, Ireland, South Korea and Indonesia. Athletes will compete for a total $21,000 prize pool.
"This tournament is organized by PBSI Jakarta and will be the stage for junior athletes to get points on the international ranking system. It is also a place where PBSI scouts can find prospective talents," said Eddiyanto Sabarudin, PBSI's head of competitions and umpires.
Eddy said Indonesian badminton players can dominate the upcoming tournament, similar to the country's performance in the 2016 tournament in South Korea.
"Last year, Indonesia won the most titles after South Korea. The Koreans are the ones we must consider the most, they have good talent at the junior level," he said.
The 2017 VEJO final rounds will be held on Aug. 6 at Tanjung Priok Sporting Hall in North Jakarta, where PBSI chairman and Chief Security Minister Wiranto will address the tournament's closing ceremony.