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Indonesia claims second place at international horseback archery competition in Iran

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 25, 2019   /   05:22 pm
Indonesia claims second place at international horseback archery competition in Iran Illustration of bows and arrows. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

Indonesia has won a silver medal at the 2019 Silk Road international horseback archery competition in Alborz, Iran.

Twenty-two countries participated in the competition, held from Nov. 22 to 24, all of which are members of the World Horseback Archery Federation (WHAF), which operates under UNESCO.

The Indonesia Horseback Archery Association (KPBI) sent two athletes to compete, Kharisma Zaky and Najib Hardika, both of whom are members of KPBI’s West Sumatra chapter.

The competition was split into three main mounted archery categories, namely Hungarian style, Korean style double shoot and Tabla Turki.

Despite having to endure extreme cold in the arena, Kharisma finished second in the Hungarian style event.

"Kharisma was shivering during the tournament. However, despite the cold temperatures and only 5 meters of visibility, Kharisma performed well," KPBI secretary-general Sunaryo Adhiatmoko said in a statement released by Indonesian Embassy in Tehran.

Kharisma finished behind winner Valentin Lokatos of Hungary and ahead of Sergei Odinkov of Russia.

Kharisma attributed his success to the Indonesia team's solid teamwork and the discipline and patience he had learned training with the KPBI.

KPBI chairman Alda Amtha said the competition was the second horseback archery event Indonesia had attended after participating in a similar competition in South Korea. (nal)