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Post-SEA Games: Toward Asian Games

Post-SEA Games: Toward Asian Games Fireworks amaze spectators during the opening ceremony of the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (JP/Seto Wardhana)
Suryo B. Sulisto
Jakarta   ●   Fri, September 15, 2017

One could not help but feel proud of the way our athletes tried their best to win in their respective sports categories and bring pride to Indonesia during the recent 2017 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Indeed, each medal won was a reason for celebration. Each medal combined the individual efforts of our athletes and the collective support of our sports leaders and fellow countrymen. When it came to our bowling team, we won a gold medal, two silvers and three bronzes — six reasons to celebrate. 

The experience was also discomfiting, as Indonesia finished fifth overall with 38 gold medals, while Malaysia finished first (145 golds), Thailand second (72 golds), Vietnam third (58 golds) and Singapore fourth (57 golds).

The results were rather jarring, to say the least. Indonesia, with the largest economy and the largest...

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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.