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Greysia Polii

Badminton player Greysia Polii is one of Indonesia’s most prolific and decorated athletes. This summer, she helped to give the country its first gold at the women’s doubles event in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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After representing her country three times in the Olympics, Greysia Polii made history in Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where together with her badminton women’s doubles partner Apriyani Rahayu she gave Indonesia its first Olympic gold in the event.

Polii has played for Indonesia in various international badminton tournaments since the early 2000s. At 14, she made the decision to switch from singles to doubles, eventually joining the national team in 2003.

Throughout her career, Polii has been paired with many other distinguished female badminton players, including Meiliana Jauhari, whom she played alongside during her London Olympics debut in 2012, and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari, who joined her at her second Olympic outing in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Rahayu and Polii were first paired together in 2017. Prior to their historic Olympic win against China, the duo had also shared dozens of podium finishes, from the South-East Asian Games in 2017 to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Grand Prix title match the same year, as well as the World Tour series from 2018-2020.

From 2013-2017, Polii was a member of the BWF Athletes’ Commission, which aims to represent the needs and views of badminton players.

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Polii almost quit badminton after her second Olympic outing in 2016, but after embarking on a successful pairing with Rahayu the following year, she decided to keep playing.

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