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Bye bye Jakarta, hello Brazil – Indonesia ready for Rio

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 28 2016   /  09:44 am

Rio bound: Chef de mission Raja Sapta Oktohari (third left) leads a ceremony for Indonesian athletes ahead of their departure to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in Jakarta on Wednesday. Indonesia is sending 28 athletes to compete in seven sports at the Summer Olympics, beginning next month.(JP/P.J. Leo)The Indonesian Olympic contingent is set to fly to Brazil early on Thursday morning to prepare for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, which will run from Aug. 5 to Aug. 21.

Rushing into a room where the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) held a humble farewell party in Jakarta on Wednesday, long-jump athlete Maria Natalia Londa looked all packed up and ready to go — not forgetting to carry a comfortable traveling pillow for her neck.

Maria, who came in with fellow track-and-field athlete Sudirman Hadi, was invited to join Indonesia’s chef de mission Raja Sapta Oktohari and other off...