Indonesian Olympic News Update
Rio Waida Qualifies for Tokyo 2020
 06 Jun 2021
Writer : NOC Team
Rio Waida Qualifies for Tokyo 2020 - Indonesia Olympic Commitee
Credit: NOC Team

As surfing will make a debut in Tokyo 2020 Games, Indonesia will send one athlete to the event.

The International Surfing Association, ISA, announced on Saturday that it had reallocated Tokyo 2020 slot to Indonesia.

Indonesia got a reallocation slot from Japan after two Japanese surfers, Hiroto Ohhara and Shun Murakami, made it into finals day in the 2021 Surf City El Salvador World Surfing Games. Murakami will surf in the finals, while Ohhara will settle for consolation in the repechage event. 

Initially, Murakami has booked the Olympics slot by finishing fourth place at the 2019 World Surfing Games. It will be reallocated to Indonesia's Rio Waida, who ranked ninth at the event, as the next eligible Asian surfer. Japan has also booked one slot as Kanoa Igarashi are in the World Surfing League top ten rankings.

Currently, the Indonesian surfing team are taking part in the 2021 World Surfing Games. The team comprised three men's surfer - Rio Waida, I Ketut Agus Aditya Putra, and Oney Anwar - and three women's surfer - Kailani Johnson, Dhea Natasya, Taina Angle Izquierdo.

In the men's event, Ketut Agus rode the wave into round 6 while Rio made it into round 4 and Oney went into round 3. In the consolation round, or repechage, Ketut Agus threw all tricks up his sleeve before ending his journey in repechage 10. Rio and Oney ended their event in repechages six and four, respectively.

Taina led the Indonesian girls by surfing through round 4 and repechage 6, while Kailani and Dhea didn't make it into round 2. In the consolation round, Kailani made as far as to repechage four while Dhea ended her journey in repechage 2.

Photo: ISA/Sean Evans