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Jakarta Post

BMX hands RI another ticket to Rio Games

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 9 2016   /  07:11 am

Toni Syarifudin - Courtesy of ISSIIndonesia has just pocketed another ticket to 2016’s Olympic Games in Rio, thanks to superb performances by its BMX cycling athletes.

The Indonesian Cycling Federation (ISSI) said Tuesday that the Olympic spot was confirmed, referring to a recent announcement made by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world’s cycling body.

“We’ve secured a spot for BMX at the summer Olympics,” ISSI chairman Raja Sapta Oktohari said in a statement.

Toni Syarifudin of Central Java and Rio Akbar of West Java were BMX athletes who had represented Indonesia in an Olympics qualification event.

Nevertheless, the ISSI had decided to submit Toni for the Olympics, which will run in August.

As coach Dadang Haries Poernomo said, “Toni has collected better points as compared to Rio. Therefore, the federation decided to send Toni....