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Jakarta Post

Athletes, officials shocked by drop of tennis, gymnastics

  • Irawaty Wardany

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 1 2013   /  11:34 am

Indonesian gymnasts and tennis athletes lamented the exclusion of the two sports from the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar in December.

Indonesian Tennis Association (Pelti) chairman Wibowo Suseno Wirjawan said the athletes were shocked upon hearing the news. However, he said he was resigned to the decision.

“We believe the KOI [Indonesian Olympic Committee] has done its best,” Wibowo told The Jakarta Post.

Former Pelti secretary-general Ferry Raturandang criticized the committee’s lack of lobbying and initiative.

“They should have been more responsive by cooperating with tennis associations in other countries as well as the Asian tennis federation to protest the decision. Did they do that? I don’t think so,” he said.

Waluyo, the chairman of the Indonesian Gymnastics Association (Persani), also expressed disappointment over th...