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Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s strengths so far for the Tokyo Olympic Games

  • Niken Prathivi and Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 9, 2020   /  03:30 pm
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Mohammad Ahsan (left), Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (second left), Kevin Sanjaya Sukomuljo (third left) and Shesar Hiren Rhustavito and other members of the 2019 Sudirman Cup National team attend a ceremony for the Indonesia Badminton Association’s (PBSI) 68th anniversary and the official introduction of the 2019 Sudirman Cup national team members at Hotel Century Athlete in Jakarta. (Courtesy of PBSI/-)

Indonesia seems to be walking a tight rope in handling its elite athletes, with six months left to the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in July and August. In a year-end media gathering on Dec. 31, 2019, Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali said Indonesia had listed at least six qualified athletes for the 2020 Games. They are Lalu Muhammad Zohri in track and field, Eko Yuli Irawan and Windy Cantika Asih in weightlifting, Riau Ega Agatha and Dinanda Choirunnisa in archery, as well as Vidya Rafika Rahmatan Toyyiba in shooting. Meanwhile, it has targeted to send more than 30 athletes to the quadrennial event, the pinnacle of world sports. In the previous 2016 edition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Team Indonesia was powered by 28 athletes who bagged one gold medal in badminton and two silvers in weightlifting. Indonesia had the biggest contingent in the 2000 Games with 47 athletes, colle...