Indonesia finally revealed its team for the upcoming SEA Games 2021 in Vietnam. A 738-member team will make up Team Indonesia that is due to compete in Southeast Asia's premier multi-sport event in May. There will be 476 athletes, 207 officials, and 55 headquarters staff within the team.
According to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Zainudin Amali, the selection of sports was based on two criteria, namely the chance to win medals and the development of young athletes. The selection process was led by The Ministry's Monitoring and Evaluation Team (Monev Team) led by Professor Moch. Asnawi. The team analyzed data given by sports stakeholders in Indonesia, including from the National Olympic Committee of Indonesia's (NOC Indonesia) Sports Development Commission.
"This is a result of our review process involving all sports stakeholders. I apologize for those sports that did not make the cut. Still, our aim is the Olympics, and SEA Games is an opportunity to reach the next level," said Zainudin on Wednesday (30/3).
"I hope this radical change will boost our achievements. This selection is not based on negotiations but on measurable, quantifiable data and merit. Sixty percent of the team will be junior athletes, and the rest are experienced. This is to create a tiered structure," added Zainudin.
Indonesia will compete in 32 sports, a mix of sports that are part of the National Sports Grand Design (Desain Besar Olahraga Nasional/DBON) and non-DBON. The DBON sports are as follows: archery, artistic gymnastics, athletics, badminton, canoeing, cycling, karate, pencak silat, rowing, shooting, swimming, taekwondo, weightlifting, and wushu. Canoeing and rowing are both under the supervision of Indonesia's Rowing National Federation (Persatuan Olahraga Dayung Seluruh Indonesia/PODSI).
The other 18 sports are basketball, beach volley, bowling, boxing, chess, diving, esports, fencing, men's football, golf, indoor volley, jiujitsu, kickboxing, sepak takraw, tennis, triathlon, vovinam, and wrestling.
Indonesia will be led by Chef de Mission (CdM) Ferry Kono and assisted by Ade Lukman (Vice CdM), Teuku Arlan Perkasa Lukman (Deputy I), and Zaenal Asikin (Deputy II).
Ferry, also NOC Indonesia's Secretary-General, is grateful that the Ministry accepted NOC's suggestion to participate in the upcoming SEA Games as a form of solidarity with other ASEAN countries. This year's SEA Games were initially not included in the Ministry's planning. It was only greenlighted very late in December of last year.
"This is an extraordinary SEA Games. After SEA Games received a greenlight, NOC Indonesia immediately coordinated with the Ministry of Youth and Sports. We also coordinated with all National Federations (NFs) through the Sports Development Commission. Until last week we mapped out all the data and potential for medals. We also considered the potential of young athletes," added Ferry.
"In NOC's Executive Committee Meeting, we agree that the team for SEA Games must be sleek and efficient. We offered several options to the Ministry, which were reviewed by their Monev Team. Yesterday, with all sports stakeholders and the Minister, Deputies, and Assistant Deputies, we agreed on 32 sports which will be included in the entry-by-name list by tomorrow (31/3)," Ferry said.
"This decision may not be satisfactory for everyone, but we hope the 31 sports will be able to select their best athletes based on potential," he added.
The 31st SEA Games will be held on 12-23 May with 40 sports and 526 events. This is the second time Vietnam will host the biennial multi-sport event, the last of which was in 2003.