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Jakarta Post

Rowing, weightlifting cut from KL Games

  • Niken Prathivi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 16 2016   /  08:39 am

Indonesia is not happy with the absence of weightlifting and rowing, as well as other sports in which it sees gold-medal potential, from the upcoming 2017 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur.

It is dealing with the situation by pushing backbone sports, including badminton and the martial art pencak silat, to go the extra miles to collect more medals at next year’s event.

“We are disappointed with the result of [Thursday’s] meeting,” Doddy Iswandi, secretary general of Indonesian Sports Committee (KOI), told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

He referred to the meeting that saw the SEA Games Federation approving 38 sports (14 of which are Olympic sports) and 405 events for the biennial 29th Games from Aug. 19 to 31, 2017.

Some of the sports not included are Olympic sports weightlifting, rowing, beach volleyball as well as non-Olympic sports bridge an...