The Indonesian delegation for the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam have started to return home. On Monday (16/5) night, the Cycling Mountain Bike (MTB) athletes, coaches, and officials landed at the Soekarno-Hatta International airport.
The MTB team returned alongside Jujitsu and E-Sport, they were welcomed by the Vice Secretary-General of NOC Indonesia, Wijaya Noeradi and Raden Isnanta, Deputy III of Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Gold medalist in the Women's Downhill event, Tiara Prastika Andini was pleased to receive such a warm welcome from the sports stakeholder in Indonesia. She was also grateful for the support from the Indonesian public.
"I am really grateful for this gold medal. I would like to thank the NOC of Indonesia, Ministry of Youth and Sports, and PB ISSI that have supported me to win this gold medal," Tiara said.
Tiara had aimed for a gold medal at the last SEA Games in Philippines back in 2019. But, she was only able to win the silver medal. In Vietnam, that debt was paid off with a dominant performance.
"In 2019, I did not meet the expected target, I was carrying an injury so I could only win the silver medal. I improve my physical condition, techniques, and did a lengthy training camp in preparation for this year's SEA Games," Tiara explains.
During the race, Tiara said the track was slightly slippery due to drizzle, requiring grater control of the bike.
Tiara hopes to gain more experience in international championships, particularly to improve her competitiveness.
"I want to compete in more international events, such as the World Championship," Tiara concluded.
Apart from the MTB team, there are several medalists returning home last night. Sunardi Muliawan (bronze medal, Men's 62kg, Ju Jitsu) and Muhamad Nurul Fikri (bronze, Men's 69kg Ju Jitsu). Along with a silver medalist from E-Sports.