Indonesian Olympic News Update
Pencak Silat ready to go beyond the medal target
 05 Apr 2022
Writer : NOC Team
Pencak Silat ready to go beyond the medal target - Indonesia Olympic Commitee
Credit: NOC Team

The Chef de Mission (CdM) team for SEA Games 2021 continues its tour of each sports' respective training camp. After visiting the Ju-Jitsu training camp, Teuku Arlan Perkasa Lukman, Deputy I of the CdM team, visited the Pencak Silat training camp on Tuesday (5/4). Held at Padepokan Silat Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Arlan monitors the preparation of the athletes that will compete in Vietnam.

Indro Catur, Head Coach of the Pencak Silat team, said that the athletes are ready to compete.

"We started the preparation for SEA Games last year. This year, we also held another selection process. From January, we followed the program that has been prepared," explained Indro.

With the Games a little over a month away, training intensity has been increased. Try-in was also held in several cities, namely Bali, Bandung, Solo, and Yogyakarta.

"We did the programs that we set out to do, and all 21 athletes for the SEA Games have shown tremendous progress," added Indro.

Indro believes that the government's medal target for Pencak Silat is realistic.

"From each athlete's progress, we are optimistic we can meet it [the medal target]. It is a realistic one," said Indro.

Teddy Suratmadji, the Secretary-General of Ikatan Pencak Silat Indonesia (IPSI/National Federation of Pencak Silat), shared Indro's sentiment.

"The target is four medals, and that is a conservative estimate. It's realistic. Pray for us that we can meet the target and surpass it," said Teddy.

In terms of practice, Puspa Arumsari, a SEA Games and Asian Games gold medalist, said there are no significant changes despite the Holy Month of Ramadan.

"We train, as usual, no difference between Ramadan or normal time. We train in the morning and evening," said Puspa, a three-time SEA Games participant.

In 2019, Indonesia came out on top of the Pencak Silat medal table, with seven total medals (two golds, three silvers, and two bronzes). The Pencak Silat team will be hoping to repeat that feat in Hanoi.