Indonesian Olympic News Update 12 Aug 2021
Jakarta (12/8/2021) - NOC Indonesia officially marked the end of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by sending Team Indonesia's athletes, coaches, and officials back to their respective federations. This occasion also marked the end of duty for Chef de Mission of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Rosan P. Roeslani.
Speaking during the athletes' reception on Thursday (12/8), Rosan is grateful that Team Indonesia could participate at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and do so in good health.
"As Chef de Mission, I'm delighted and grateful, especially for the health and safety of our athletes, before, during, and after the Olympics. That [health and saftey] is our main concern. By following the health protocol, understanding what's best, not just for ourselves, but for the whole delegation, we manage to do this," said Rosan.
Recalling his experience as a CdM, Rosan said that it is one of the highlights of his life despite numerous challenges of a pandemic-stricken Olympics.
"This is the end of my duty as a CdM, one that I took with joy. I am so proud, not just when our athletes won medals. But, when we get to know each other personally, we trade stories and experiences. It will be an unforgettable experience in our life," said the man that will take up the role of Indonesia's Ambassador to the United States.
Speaking at the same event, NOC Indonesia's President, Raja Sapta Oktohari, praises all the Indonesian athletes that competed at the Olympics.
"The Olympics is not just about winning or losing, but it is the most prestigious event in all of sports," said Okto.
"Those athletes that qualified for the Olympics, they're the best of the best because they had to go through a long qualification process for two years. So, if an athlete finished 10th in Olympics, that means the athlete is among the top 10 athletes in the world. I hope people will look beyond the color of the medals but recognize that all athletes are heroes that carry our flag on the world stage," he concluded.
Indonesia sent 28 athletes to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics across eight sports. Indonesia won five medals, a gold medal from Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu (women's doubles - badminton), a silver medal from Eko Yuli Irawan (men's 61kg - weightlifting), and a bronze medal each from Windy Cantika Aisyah (women's 49kg - weightlifting), Rahmat Erwin Abdullah (men's 73kg - weightlifting), and Anthony Ginting (men's singles - badminton).