Indonesia won a gold medal in the Men's Team event at the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam. Now, the team is setting their sights on qualifying for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, France.
Indonesia defeated Thailand in the final with a scoreline of 2-0. Ade Chandra Rachmawan and Mochammad Ashfiya opened the match with straight set victory of 21-13 and 21-18 over J. Surin and N. Banlue.
Gilang Ramadhan and Rendy Licardo sealed the medal with a 21-17, 21-15 win over T. Pyhak and T. Poravid.
"Alhamdulillah, both pairs played well. This is down to execution and strategy," said Slamet Muljono, manager of the Beach Volleyball team.
Indonesia could not complete the gold medal set, as the Women's Team of Dhiya Juliana, Nur Artika Sari, Putu Dini Jasita, and Sari Hartati lost to Thailand 2-0 in the other event.
"The girls also played well, but they need more experience. Two years of pandemic, with no tryouts and last minute training camp, I think they did well and I'm proud of what they have achieved here," said Slamet.
Now, the Beach Volleyball team are setting their sights on the 2024 Olympics qualification. Indonesia last qualified for the quadrennial Games back in 1996.
"Hopefully this gold medal can be a kickstarter for us to qualify for the 2024 Olympics. We are preparing a proposal for the World Tour Series qualification, it starts with the Asian Championship next July," Slamet added.
"We need to participate in at least 12-15 tours, that will take a substantial fund. But if these boys are given the chance, they will prove that they can follow in the footsteps of their seniors by qualifying for the Olympics," Slamet concluded.