Rowing Indonesia wins tickets to the Olympic Games in Tokyo

We are very grateful to be able to pass athletes in the Olympics, namely Mutiara / Melani, who entered the women’s lightweight double scull (LWX2) category.

Jakarta (medialnews) – Indonesia has added more athletes to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after two female rowers, Mutiara Rahma Putri / Melani Putri, completed rowing qualification for the Asia / Oceania zone in Tokyo, Japan, from May 5-7 to endure.

Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian Rowing Federation (PB PODSI) Budiman Setiawan said on Monday during his visit to the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) office in Jakarta that Mutiara / Melani would represent Merah Putih in the number of lightweight double scull women (LWX2).

“We are very grateful to be able to pass athletes at the Olympic Games, namely Mutiara / Melani, who competed in the women’s lightweight double sculls (LWX2). The certainty of their appearance also maintains their participation in rowing in the Olympic Games.” Budiman said in a KOI press release Monday.

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During the race at the Sea Forest Waterway, Tokyo Bay, Mutiara / Melani finished fourth with a time of 7 minutes and 35.71 seconds.

Meanwhile, the first position was won by the guest pair Chiaki Tomita / Ayami Oishi with a time of 7 minutes and 15.84 seconds, followed by the Vietnamese duo Thi Thao Luong / Thi Hao Dinh (7 minutes, 17.34 seconds) and Zeinab Norouzi Tazeh Kand / Kimia Zarei. From Iran (7 minutes 23.86 seconds).

However, Iran has taken one ticket, pushing Indonesia’s position to third place and qualifying for the quadrennial sporting event.

In preparation for Tokyo, Mutiara / Melani will concentrate their training in the country by continuing their training camp in Pengalengan, West Java.

Budiman explained that PB PODSI actually planned to send the two athletes out to try out for the European U-23 Rowing Championship. However, the plan had to be canceled to maintain the athletes’ physical condition before they could later compete in Tokyo.

“It feels too risky. Because they also have to quarantine for 5-6 days after returning from abroad. For athletes, not training that long will certainly affect their performance”

“If possible, they can leave a week or two before the Olympics, but that depends on the decision of the committee there,” he said.

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Meanwhile, KOI Secretary General Ferry Kono hopes that the success of Indonesian pedayung can be followed by other sports that are still struggling to get tickets to the Tokyo Olympics, including surfing, karate, cycling and skateboarding.

“The death of the Indonesian rowers is good news. I hope this can be an encouragement to athletes in other sports who are struggling to qualify. Hopefully we can get the best results so that more and more red and white athletes will appear at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, ”said Ferry.

Mutiara / Melani’s death also contributes to the Indonesian representatives who will participate in the Tokyo Olympics. Several other Indonesian athletes ready to go are Lalu Muhammad Zohri from track and field, Riau Ega Agatha and Diananda Chairunisa from archery, Vidya Rafika Rahmatan Thayiba from sport shooting.

Meanwhile, the rest are representatives of the badminton and weightlifting branches.

Although the qualifying round is not yet officially closed, there are currently at least 11 badminton players on the safe list of ‘Road to Tokyo’, namely the men’s singles Jonatan Christie, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, the women’s singles Gregoria Mariska, the men’s doubles Hendra Setiawan / Mohammad Ahsaan and Kevin Sukamuljo / Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, women’s doubles Greysia Poilii / Apriyani Rahayu, and mixed doubles Praveen Jordan / Melati Daeva Oktavianti.

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Reporter: Shofi Ayudiana
Editor: Fitri Supratiwi

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