Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo, the BWF 2016 Silver Medalist from Papua

Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo was strutting his victorious celebration style in front of the whole audience in the semi final of  Badminton World Junior Championship (WJC) 2016 in Bilbao, Spain. He won in a match with Lee Zii Jia (21-19, 21-18) from Malaysia. With that win, his position to compete in the final was cemented. Although he did not win in final when matched with Sun Feixiang from China in two games (19-21, 12-21). However, his achievement has given a sneak peek of the future bright young badminton athletes of Indonesia, especially this promising young athlete from Papua.

Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo
Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo via

This has been a great achievement on its own because the men single player team is not actually the front-runner for the Indonesian team in WCJ.  Their goals was only to reach semifinal.

Chico explained that he has been studying his contender from the two previous encounters he had with Lee. He learned his pattern and discussed it with the other players. He admitted that Lee is a tough contender, in two of those previous matches with him, Chico always lost within two game sets. Once in Badminton Asia Junior Championship 2016 and the other one was in Badminton World Junior Championship 2016. Both were in group match numbers.

Deni Danuadji, the coach for men single player praised his performance in this competition, dubbing him a resilient athlete. He also mentioned that his strong point is his attack play. He said Chico had the potential to win but he was very careful during the play while the contender was using a lot of drive play. Moreover, his contender in the final is no ordinary player. Feixiang is the champion of Asian Junior Championship in 2916. In addition, according to the world ranking, Chico’s rank is currently under Feixiang. He is number 361 while Feixiang is 246 in the world.

Deni is grateful and satisfied with Chico’s performance during WCJ after six months of preparation and training. He said that Chico has a lot of potentials and hopes that he can develop further and competing with his seniors. He can see that Chicko has the zest for this sport, motivation and good character.

Chico is a Papuan born athlete. His birth was in Jayapura on 15 June 1998. With the height of 1.79 m he is eye catching especially with his own attractive victory style when he celebrates his win in a match. When he won over Lee Zii Jia, he celebrated his victory by posing like a world class sprinter Usain Bolt, pointing his forefinger to the sky.

Chico is one of the new generation of bright badminton players with attractive playing styles since the generation of Sony Dwi Kuncoro and Simon Santoso. This new generation is represented by Jonatan Christie, Ihsan Maulana Mustofa, Anthony Ginting and now Chico Aura.  These bright young athletes are Indonesia’s future in sports, along with Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo. Hopefully they can develop and progress for the best and we can see their achievements in Tokyo Olympic 2020.


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