Deputy I of Indonesia's CdM Team for the upcoming SEA Games in Vietnam, Teuku Arlan Perkasa Lukman, admits that he is happy and proud of the enthusiasm shown by the athletes, coaches, and officials during their preparation. On Thursday (31/3), the CdM Team visited archery, shooting, and swimming training camps.
"It was a delightful visit because the athletes, coaches, and officials were tremendous. They had a lot of questions for us, and they are preparing their best athletes for the SEA Games," said Arlan, who is also a member of the National Olympic Committee of Indonesia (NOC Indonesia) Executive Committee.
During the visit, the Secretary-General of PP Perbakin (the National Federation for Shooting), Hendry Indrayani Oka, said the preparation for athletes is going well. He is optimistic that Indonesia's shooters can contribute medals at Southeast Asia's most prestigious multi-sport event.
"We had analyzed other countries' quality when we hosted the ISSF Grand Prix Rifle/Pistol World Championship back in February. Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia sent their best athletes. We are unclear on Vietnam's strength since, at the time, they had a training camp in South Korea," said Hendry.
Indonesia's shooter, Vidya Rafika, vows to defend her title in the upcoming Games. Vidya won two gold medals at the last SEA Games in Manila three years ago for the women's 10m air rifle and mixed 10m air rifle with Fatur Gustafian.
"I will do my best to defend the gold medal. I have changed a lot after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I used to be so nervous during the competition. Now I am a lot calmer," said Vidya.
The CdM team will visit three training camps on Friday (1/4). They are triathlon, wushu, and athletics.
Indonesia will send a 738-member team for the upcoming SEA Games in Vietnam from 12 to 23 May 2022. With 476 athletes competing in 32 out of 40 sports.