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Jakarta Post

Indonesia finishes fourth, surpassing medal target

  • Ramadani Saputra and Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

Manila/Jakarta   /   Thu, December 12, 2019   /  09:36 am
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Indonesian indoor volleyball player I Putu Randu Wahyu Pradana displays his signature celebration style after winning the men's team gold medal during the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019.(JP/Ramadani Saputra)

Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali has praised Indonesia’s athletes for exceeding expectations at the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines, highlighting in particular athletes who overcame adversity and those who put on performances that saw medal droughts end. He said the nation’s victories needed to be rewarded but admitted there was no clear template on determining cash rewards given the unexpected medal haul. Indonesia surpassed its target of 60 gold medals with a total of 267 medals, comprising 72 gold, 84 silver and 111 bronze, finishing fourth overall. Zainudin said discussions on the issue were ongoing. “We are still discussing this with the Finance Ministry and all sport stakeholders. We are going to publish [the results] soon,” the minister told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. Host country the Philippines finishe...