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BMX rider pushes limits to compete in Olympics

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 18 2020   /  12:27 am

For an athlete, getting a chance to compete in a world-class sporting event such as the Olympic Games is a dream come true. To realize the dream, many are willing to sacrifice everything, as it is an opportunity of a lifetime.BMX rider I Gusti Bagus Saputra’s desire to compete in the Tokyo Olympics in July and August is huge. Bagus is willing to go the extra mile, including by battling with physical pain since early February.Bagus sustained an injury to his right ankle after falling during a practice session at the BMX Supercross World Cup in Shepparton, Australia, on Feb. 1 to 2. The injury prevented him from being able to give his best, as he finished in 117th place among 135 riders competing in the tournament.With the pain that lingered in his right foot, the rider forced himself to compete at the 2020 National Championship last Friday.“My coaches didn’t want me to take part. An...