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Jakarta Post

SEA Games: Indonesian water polo team aims to break Singapore’s 52-year domination

  • Ramadani Saputra
    Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 30, 2019   /  07:20 am
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Indonesia's water polo men's team coach Milos Sakovic (left) trains Rezza Auditya (right) during a practice session at the Aquatic Stadium of the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex in Jakarta on Oct. 11.(The Jakarta Post/Ramadani Saputra)

It meant the world to Indonesian water polo player Rezza Auditya Putra when the Indonesian men’s team ended a match against dominating Singapore in a draw at the 2017 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. It was indeed a new milestone for Indonesia, as it usually lost encounters with Singapore. Indeed, at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur stint, the red-and-white team only bagged a silver medal, trailing gold medalist Singapore, hence the draw against the Singaporeans boosted Indonesia’s confidence and sparked hope. Since the first competition of water polo at the 1965 SEA Games, Singapore’s men’s team has been the untouchable champion, collecting 27 consecutive gold medals. Indonesia, however, has worked its way up slowly but surely and now tails the Singaporeans. At the 30th SEA Games to take place in the Philippines in a few weeks’ time, Singaporean and Indonesian wa...