Athletes from Team Indonesia have started to return home after competing in the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam. On Thursday (19/5) athletes from the Mountain Bike (MTB) Cross Country returned home.
Athletes, coaches, officials were accompanied by NOC Indonesia's Executive Committee member, Rafiq Radinal. They were welcomed by Jadi Rajagukguk, a fellow member of NOC Indonesia's Executive Committee and Ahmad Arsani, Deputy in the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Zaenal Fanani, the gold medal winner in the Men's Cross Country event, was grateful for his achievement.
"I want to thank the people of Indonesia, for supporting me. I'm really proud to win this gold medal, I have met the target set by the coaching team," said Zaenal.
Zaenal admits that weather was a crucial factor during the race.
"During practice the weather was dry, but once the race starts, it rains - so we need to be extra prepared," Zaenal added.
After SEA Games, Zaenal is looking to the next multievent, namely the Asian Games.
"Long term, I am aiming for Asian Games. Hopefully, I can win a medal, I will do my best for Indonesia," Zaenal said.
Jadi Rajagukguk, praised the athletes' performance for meeting the expected target.
"They have met the target so far, this obviously is down to the hard work and the support of the team members," Jadi said.