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Asian Games: Badminton team awaits Jokowi’s luck

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 22, 2018   /   11:54 am
Asian Games: Badminton team awaits Jokowi’s luck President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (center) cheers Indonesian athletes from the VIP seats along with Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi (second right) and Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani (second left) during the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta. (JP/PJ Leo)

Nobody knows whether President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s support on the spot for Indonesian athletes competing in the 18th Asian Games would bring luck like an amulet, but the host team bagged three of five gold medals so far in his presence.

On Wednesday, the President revealed his plan to cheer on the Indonesian shuttlers, who play China in the badminton men’s team final at Gelora Bung Karno Sports Hall in Senayan, Jakarta, on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

“God willing, I will come to watch,” Jokowi said as quoted by Antara after Idul Adha prayer at Tegar Beriman Square in the West Java regency of Cibinong.

The President previously was in attendance at JI Expo in Kemayoran, when Indonesia won its first gold medal through Defia Rosmaniar in the women’s poomsae event in taekwondo on Monday. Afterward, Jokowi also watched Lindswell Kwok win a wushu gold medal and Eko Yuli Irawan snatch the laurel in weightlifting.

“We should not miss the medal winning target. If possible, we should exceed the target,” he said.

Indonesia is eyeing 16 gold medals to fulfill its bid to finish among the top 10 at the end of the Games on Sept. 2. (amd)