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RI sets lofty goal in Asiad despite lack of preparation

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 9 2018   /  12:37 am

Ready to rumble: Vice President Jusuf Kalla (right), accompanied by Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi (center) and Indonesia Olympic Committee deputy chairman Muddai Madang, at a meeting about the Asian Games in Jakarta on Thursday.(Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)In less than six months, Indonesia will host the 18th Asian Games (Asiad), an international multisport event that could help groom the country’s athletes for the Olympics.

However, in chasing its medal dreams, the host country has opted to take shortcuts, instead of sticking to a long-term development plan that could eventually lead to Olympic glory — something that has raised concerns within the sports community.

Indonesia is in the hunt for at least 16 gold medals, a figure it may need to reach to finish in the top 10 in the quadrennial Games, which will be held from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2. The Youth and Sports M...