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RI judokas dream of wild card for Tokyo Olympics

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 1 2020   /  01:53 am

It has been eight years since an Indonesian judoka last competed at the summer Olympics. At the London Games in 2012, Putu Wiradamungga was knocked out in the second round by Laszlo Csoknyai of Hungary.

At that time, Putu was a breath of fresh air as he strived to continue the legacy left by his predecessor Krisna Bayu. Before Putu, Krisna was the last Indonesian judoka to compete at the Olympics where he managed to qualify in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 tournaments.

With the Tokyo Olympics’ qualifying round nearing an end, the Indonesian Judo Association (PJSI) can only hope for the miracle of a wild card given by the International Judo Federation (IJF) — looking at the fact that Indonesian judokas are without much hope in the current race to a Tokyo place.

In order to qualify for the Olympics in July and August, the national judokas must make the top-18 in the rank...