Letter From Jakarta

Indonesia gripped by badminton craze after Tokyo Games victories

Appetite for the game is surging as the sport proves again to be the pride of the nation

For little Khalimatus Sadiyah, mocked by her peers because the weakness in her right arm and leg meant she had to play left-handed, Paralympic badminton gold must have seemed like another life away.

As for seven-year-old Leani Ratri Oktila, practising her strokes by the light of a kerosene lamp in a remote village in the Riau province, who could have foreseen the journey her determination would take her on?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 10, 2021, with the headline 'Indonesia gripped by badminton craze after Tokyo Games victories'. Subscribe