I miss the opportunity to visit Balikpapan, Kalimantan in Indonesia this week.
When I think of Balikpapan, the word 'Oil' comes to mind. Admittedly, I never been to Kalimantan before, the most famous thing about Balikpapan was the Indonesian oil industry and the many multinational oil refineries located there. Besides, an interesting fact, Balikpapan is considered one of the most liveable cities in Indonesia.
In addition, it was the most important source of oil for imperial Japan during World War 2 and was bombed many times by the American USAF in order to cut off oil flow to Tokyo.
Ok, back to business.
The draw of this tournament did not see large contingent of international players.
Most of the players taking part are from Indonesia, with some from neighbouring Malaysia and Thailand.
Korea, India, Hon Kong and Japan did sent some players there.
No players from European are taking part in this tournament.
It felt like a All-Indonesia domestic badminton tournament.
The next two superseries will be Japan Open in Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium and then Korea Open.
Time to get my badminton fix.