Anthony Ginting is looking to make his Olympic debut at the Tokyo Olympics next year. He is part of the ‘young Indonesian wave’ that is making the mark at the world stage.
After Taufik Hidayat won the gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, Indonesia has been looking forward to it next Olympic gold medal.
Ginting sat down with the Olympic Channel to talk about his plans for his Olympic debut and what being the next golden generation of Indonesian stars means for him.
Here is an excerpt from the interview.
Making his Olympic debut.
“I don’t want my age to be a hindrance. I mean, I want to be a good player now. I don’t want to wait till I’m much older to become successful. I want to be successful now. I’m always trying to be the best that I can, so each training and each tournament I’m doing the best that I can.”
Young wave of Indonesian players.
“I think if I manage to win an Olympic medal, especially gold, for sure it will mean a lot. Because all players and athletes dream and long to become an Olympic champion. We will all be fighting each other to try and get that Olympic gold medal.”
Success on court.
“It is a really nice feeling to be recognized not only in Indonesia but also in other countries around the world, especially when we travel to other countries for tournaments. The fans will ask for photos and autographs so that makes me happy.
“Also, when I’m playing on court, I have fans that shout and cheer for me. So that really helps motivate me, especially when I am playing in a foreign country, where I don’t have that many supporters. The fans who cheer for me, help motivate me.”
“Jonatan and I, we are both chasing the same objective. We both want to become a top player. We don’t have a senior singles player within the national team to look up to, so we have to work hard together and fight to rise together.”