Candra Wijaya joins Japanese club

Candra Wijaya, former Olympic and world champion, has announced his decision to join Japanese team owned by Tonami, a Japanese logistics company. By Shinichi Kato, Badzine Correspondent in Japan Wijaya, […]

ImageCandra Wijaya, former Olympic and world champion, has announced his decision to join Japanese team owned by Tonami, a Japanese logistics company.

By Shinichi Kato, Badzine Correspondent in Japan

Wijaya, one of the best doubles players ever, has decided to move to Japan and join the team owned by Tonami, a logistics company located in northern part of Japan.

He commented in the website of the team "I am really happy to play as a member of Tonami. Of course, I would like to do my best to win the first prizes of many tournaments and leagues to be held in Japan. What’s more I would like to contribute to getting Japanese players to do well in world tournaments by leveraging my experience".

Wijaya had always been good friends with Japanese players with whom he trained on occasion, especially after he retired from the Indonesian national team.

He isn’t the first player to join the Japanese league as his compatriot Marleve Mainaky had played in Japan a few years ago, before heading back to Indonesia where he is now assisting Hendrawan in the men’s singles coaching.

As for Wijaya, he may be part of the Tonami team, but he is still on course for the Super Series events, among them the upcoming Aviva Singapore Open and Djarum Indonesia Open.

Click here for more information on his new club Tonami.

Raphaël Sachetat

About Raphaël Sachetat

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