NOC Indonesia Member News 07 Apr 2021
As the end of the Olympic qualification looms large, the Indonesian weightlifting team is trying to secure Tokyo Games berth by taking part in the Asian Championships on April 16-25, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The Indonesian Weightlifting Federation (PABSI) sends three women and four men weightlifters to the event. They are Windy Cantika Aisyah (49kg), Juliana Klarissa (55kg), Nurul Ikmal (+87kg), M Yasin (67kg), Triyatno (67kg), Rahmat Erwin Abdullah (73kg), and M Zulilmi (89kg).
Indonesia has two weightlifters in the world top 5 ranking - Eko Yuli Irawan, who sits in second place in the 61kg category, and Windy in fifth-place in the 49kg category.
"Currently, Windy has yet to secure the Olympic berth as she's in fifth place. Therefore, we send her to the Asian Championships to earn more points. Eko is relatively safe as he's ranked second. Even though he's not competing, his ranking will not drop too far," said Coach Dirdja Wihardja, Wednesday.
With the best record of 261 kilogram, Nurul Ikmal is in 12th place and will improve her record to earn more points. The 26th-place Yasin and the 22nd-place Erwin will also do the same.
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the Tokyo Games qualification events cancellation. PB PABSI then have organized progress tests regularly to assess athletes' performance, with the latest was organized on March 11.
"We organize progress tests to provide a competitive atmosphere for athletes. The coaching staff will evaluate the results. We can assess what kind of improvement needed for each athlete," Dirdja said.
After the Asian Championships, PABSI plan to send a team to the IWF Junior World Championships on May 23-31 in Tashkent.