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Commentary: Honestly, ‘Look to Thailand and Vietnam’ the best policy

  • Dicky Christanto

    Sports journalist at The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, December 13 2019   /  01:31 am

First of all, let us praise our athletes for their determination during the just-finished 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines, bringing home 72 gold, 84 silver and 111 bronze medals. Such fortitude helped them pass their ultimate test during the 12-day event.We saw how Edgar Xavier Marvelo, one of Indonesia’s wushu stars, had to fight back tragedy after hearing the shocking news of his father’s demise but who went on to win gold medals. Edgar dedicated a pair of golds to Indonesia and his late father.We also need to credit the support system behind the athletes. All the coaches, the sports federations, the National Sports Council (KONI), the Indonesian National Olympic Committee (NOC) and the Youth and Sports Ministry contributed greatly to the athletes’ achievements.Despite the failure to fulfill President Joko Widodo’s expectation of finishing second overall, ou...