SEA Games
After SEA Games, Paris 2024 the focus for NOC Indonesia
 23 May 2022
Writer : NOC Team
After SEA Games, Paris 2024 the focus for NOC Indonesia - Indonesia Olympic Commitee
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Fresh off competing in the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam - Indonesian athletes, coaches, and officials made their way home. On Monday (23/5), at least eight sports returned to a warm welcome namely, Canoe/Kayak, Chess, Cycling, E-Sports, Football, Sepaktakraw, Shooting, Tennis, and Vovinam.

They were welcomed by President of the National Olympic Committee of Indonesia (NOC Indonesia), Raja Sapta Oktohari, Deputy IV of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Chandra Bhakti, and representatives from the respective sports' National Federations (NFs).

Okto spoke positively regarding Indonesia's performance at Southeast Asia's biennial multi-sport event. Indonesia posted a record of 69 gold medals, 91 silvers, and 81 bronzes, to finish third in the medal tally.

"What they have achieved is a source of pride, as instructed by President Joko Widodo, we have improved from fourth in The Philippines [2019 SEA Games] to third in this year's Games," said Okto.

Okto believes a thorough preparation is key to Indonesia's achievement.

"All athletes for this year's SEA Games have been carefully chosen from the verification team, whether they are aiming for gold, silver, or bronze," Okto added.

Now, NOC Indonesia will prepare for the upcoming Olympics in Paris in two years time.

"We prepare the athletes not just for SEA Games. There is the Asian Games next year and qualifying for Paris 2024 will start soon. We will communicate with each NFs to facilitate their needs heading to those events. This is to improve our sporting development and achievement," Okto said.

He closes with a message. "Thank you to all the athletes for their energy and sacrifice for Indonesia. Don't forget to train for the next events," Okto concluded.

Chandra Bhakti, added a similar message.

"Don't be complacent with what you have achieved. Rest, enjoy your time with family, and then prepare yourself for the next event," said Chandra.