SEA Games
Kickboxing surpass expectations, will improve conditioning
 15 May 2022
Writer : NOC Team
Kickboxing surpass expectations, will improve conditioning - Indonesia Olympic Commitee
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The Indonesian delegation for the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam have started to come home. On Sunday (15/5) morning, the 12 member of the kickboxing team returns and was welcomed by NOC Indonesia's Executive Committee, Puji Lestari and Raden Isnanta, Deputy III in The Ministry of Youth and Sports.

In only their second appearance at the SEA Games, Kickboxing won two gold medals. Diandra Ariesta Pieter won the 56kg Women's Full Contact and Amanda La Loupatty won the Women's 52kg Low Kick events. There were also two other medals, with Salmri Stendra Pattisamallo earning the silver medal from the Men's 51kg Full Contact and Nadya Nakhoir earning the bronze medal in Women's 48kg Full Contact events.

Hoping to improve upon their last showing at the regional games, Kickboxing surpassed expectations. That said, Rosi Nurasjati, manager of the Kickboxing team will evaluate all the athletes regardless of their achievement in Hanoi.

"Of course we are proud, our National Federation (PP KBI) was established less than four years ago, but our athletes have shown tremendous progess. With three finalists at the Games, we have surpassed expectations and the athletes' competitiveness was second to none," said Rosi.

Rosi believes the athletes executed the game plan well, but needs to improve their physical conditioning.

"Honestly, for those that competed from the first round, their physical condition deteriorates in the second, and by the third match they are spent. So in this area, we are lacking. For a sport that relies on stamina, this is crucial. But kudos to the coaching team, they implemented brilliant strategies for our kickboxers," Rosi added.

"Going forward, I think we need at least 100 days to prepare their physical conditioning. Coach Eduard and Taher only have two months to work with our athletes," Rosi concluded.