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Jakarta Post

Mother outraged as daughter dropped from Indonesian team for 'losing virginity'

  • Dicky Christanto Wulandaru and Asip A. Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Kediri, East Java   /   Fri, November 29, 2019   /  05:29 pm
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Indonesian Youth and Sports Ministry secretary Gatot S. Dewa Broto.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The Youth and Sports Ministry has vowed to follow up media reports that an athlete was pulled out from Indonesia’s contingent to the 2019 Philippines Southeast Asia (SEA) Games, reportedly because her coach accused her of losing her virginity. Ministry spokesman Gatot S. Dewa Broto said the Gymnastics Association of Indonesia (Persani) had informed him that the actual reason behind the removal was the athlete’s lack of self-discipline and serious lack of focus, which had resulted in a decline in performance. The athlete, who competes in floor gymnastics, was then replaced by another athlete with a better performance. However, Gatot said, firm action would be taken if the ministry later learned that the coach had indeed issued a statement that the young woman had been dropped as a result of her losing her virginity. “We will take firm action if it turns out that...