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Internal divisions rock Indonesian wrestling body following decision not to send team to SEA Games

  • Dicky Christanto Wulandaru
    Dicky Christanto Wulandaru

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, December 1, 2019   /  01:48 pm
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Disappointed: Head of the Wrestling Association of Indonesia's (PGSI) Central Java branch Andreas Budi Wirohardjo (center, in white) poses with four junior wrestlers from Central Java before their departure to Thailand to participate at the Junior Wrestling Championship, held from April 2 to 8, 2018. Andreas is among the voices expressing dismay at the PGSI's decision not to deploy a team of wrestlers to the 2019 Philippines SEA Games. (FIles)(The Jakarta Post/Tribun sport)

The Wrestling Association of Indonesia’s (PGSI) decision not to send a team to the recently commenced 2019 Philippines SEA Games has sparked uproar among PGSI members. Members have said they could not see the logic behind the decision and accused the PGSI’s head of development and achievement, Gusti Randa, as being responsible. “The PGSI has obviously abandoned efforts to seek funding for the athletes from the Youth and Sports Ministry. From our perspective, we could win two or three gold medals in the sport,” head of the PGSI’s Central Java branch Andreas Budi Wirohardjo said in a press release on Saturday. Eddy Santoso of the PGSI’s Bengkulu branch said the decision was unforgivable, as Indonesia had long advocated for wrestling’s inclusion in the SEA Games. Agus Pebrianto of the South Kalimantan branch said the decision was a result o...