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The disabled help Indonesia save face in sports

  • Dicky Christanto Wulandaru

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 27, 2017   /  08:05 am
The disabled help Indonesia save face in sports A swimming athlete warms up prior to diving into the pristine pool at the NPC training center. (JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan)

The power of the mind — those are the words that best describe where our disabled athletes found the strength to get that far and emerge as the overall champions in the recent ASEAN Para Games 2017 in Kuala Lumpur. They had to put up with the same government neglect that their compatriots cried foul over in response to their poor showing at the Southeast Asian Games, held prior to the Para Games. But the Para Games team showed its mettle. Its members collected 126 gold, 75 silver and 50 bronze medals to finish first at the Games, ahead of host country Malaysia, which came a distant second, and defending champion Thailand. Track and field Para Games athletes Timin and Riyadi Saputra told Kompas before the competition began that they had endured months without receiving the monthly salary of Rp 7.52 million (US$562) they were entitled to. Middle-distance runner Timin and sprint...