The Indonesian hockey national team (timnas) is improving to improve quality, after the conflict that plagued the federation. Currently, the national team wants to return to exist in international championships.
After being lined up as the host of the 2022 Men’s AHF Cup (Men’s AHF Cup 2022), Indonesia will also be the venue for the 2022 Hero Asia Cup championship in May.
“We have the trust of the AHF (Asian Hockey Federation) to organize the Asian Cup. Of course we are preparing a team, which coincidentally is currently also competing in the Men’s AHF Cup,” said General Chairperson of the Indonesian Hockey Federation (PP FHI) Budi Sulistijono, Tuesday ( 15/3).
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The Hero Asia Cup 2022 will be held at GBK Senayan, Jakarta. The competition was followed by India, Pakistan, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and two countries that passed the Men’s AHF Cup. The Hero Asia Cup is also a qualifier for the Federation Internationale de Hockey (FIH) World Cup 2023.
Budi said the squad that will be deployed is not much different from the team in the Men’s AHF Cup. The national team will maximize the event to continue to test the abilities of the athletes. The national team is introspective of the contestants in the Hero Asia Cup, which is a top-level team.
“The target is, for the Asian Cup, our level is still below. We understand the situation and condition of the athletes’ abilities, so we will try our best,” he concluded.
In the Men’s AHF Cup event, the Indonesian national team was still struggling to produce results, after swallowing two crushing defeats to Bangladesh and Oman.
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In the first match, Indonesia lost to Bangladesh 2-7. In the second match, Indonesia was able to beat Singapore 3-2. But in the third match Monday (14/3), they lost 1-9 to Oman.
“We are still competing once again with Iran, coincidentally we lost twice to Bangladesh and then to Oman. Historically, we were able to beat Singapore and the top five target, I think we can still pursue it,” said Budi.
The general chairman of the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) Raja Sapta Oktohari said the hockey organization had completed the organizational dynamics. Now, it’s time to catch up. Athletes will be encouraged to achieve more, by bringing prestigious championships to the country. (OL-11)