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Jakarta Post

Low expectations for medals at 1st youth games

  • Matheos Viktor Messakh

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 14 2010   /  10:38 am

Indonesia will send a contingent to the inaugural Youth Olympic Games but with lowered enthusiasm and expectation of bringing home medals due to lack of funding and support from the government as well as a lack preparation.  Indonesia will send ten youth athletes, six coaches and three managers to the multi-sports event including three swimmers, two shuttlers, two weightlifters, one taekwondo athletes, one tennis player and one archer.“Half of our athletes did not qualify but were given a wild card by the International Olympics Committee,” national training chief Djoko Pramono told The Jakarta Post Tuesday.“I hope our shuttlers and weightlifters continue their outstanding performance in winning medals as occurred at the Olympic Games.”The Indonesian boys’ weightlifting squad booked a spot in the Games in May last year after finishing 12th at the first Youth World Champions...