Indonesia's Basketball team receives a warm welcome following their triumph in the Men's Basketball tournament at the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam. Derrick Michael and co. created history by defeating Southeast Asia's basketball powerhouse, The Philippines, en route to the gold medal.
They were welcomed by Minister of Youth and Sports, Zainudin Amali and President of National Olympic Committee of Indonesia (NOC Indonesia), Raja Sapta Oktohari. Also in attendance was Chairman of Perbasi (Basketball's National Federation) DKI Jakarta, Lexyndo Hakim.
Okto was thrilled with their achievement in Vietnam.
"A new history in basketball. They defeated The Philippines, for us, we feel like we're on top of the world," Okto said.
"Personally, and on behalf of the NOC I would like to place my gratitude for the athletes, so that we can hear our national anthem and see our flag flown in Vietnam," he added.
Zainudin Amali believes the success of Indonesia at the 31st SEA Games is down to the cooperation between all the sports stakeholders.
"We're on the right track. In the next multi-sport event, we will approach it with this method, in line with the Grand Design of National Sports [Desain Besar Olahraga Nasional/DBON]," Amali explains.
The Men's basketball team will now set their sights on FIBA Asia Cup, which doubles as a FIBA World Cup qualification.
"We will prepare for the FIBA Asia Cup and other international championships. We want to do our best," said Andakara Prastawa, guard for the basketball team.