PBSI Allows for New and Better Player Contracts
Jakarta. The Indonesian Badminton Association, or PBSI, is tweaking its policies on sponsorship contracts for athletes and coaching staff in a bid to ensure that shuttlers make better progress and reap more rewards.
Under the regime, in place for two years, the PBSI tailored its contracts to each individual, matching them to an outside sponsor.
The new scheme, already being rolled out this year, will oblige the sponsors to pay the full expenses for their respective athletes to play in at least one international tournament in the first year and at least two tournaments in the second year of the contract.
This, says Yoppy Rosimin, the PBSI’s head of sponsorship and marketing, is already proving beneficial for the athletes.
“Players with high achievements and young players with a lot of potential are guaranteed bonuses,” he said on Wednesday.
“But what we really appreciate even more is the sponsors’ commitment to send at least one athlete this year to at least one overseas tournament to help us cover the increasing expenses for accommodation and transportation. The next year it will be two tournaments.”
He added that under the new regime, the value of the contracts had “shown a promising raise, especially to athletes who have achieved a lot in the past two years,” although he did not elaborate on the value of individual contracts. “The raise in some cases is up 400 percent. It’s going really well so far,” Yoppy said.
Eighteen of 59 shuttlers at the national training camp re-signed contracts with their existing sponsors after last month’s sponsorship bidding process, while 37 shuttlers signed deals with new sponsors. Four shuttlers are still under contract with their respective sponsors.
But the PBSI still has to wrangle contract for seven up-and-coming players who are still without sponsors.
“These are young shuttlers who are competitive at national events, but not yet at international ones,” Yoppy said.
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Source: The Jakarta Globe