The TRAINER of the Indonesian weightlifting team, Dirja Wihardja, admitted that he did not know Vietnam’s strength in the weightlifting branch. The reason is, Vietnam rarely participates in competitions before the 2021 SEA Games rolls in the country in May tomorrow.
“Vietnam from the strength map has not sent athletes in the past year. So we are blind, especially since they are the hosts, they must have trained better,” said Dirja recently.
Apart from Vietnam, Indonesia’s tough opponent, continued Dirja, is Thailand. “They have completed the doping scouting. So Thailand and Vietnam will be our toughest opponents,” Dirja added.
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So far, the All Indonesia Weightlifting Association (PABSI) is preparing 16 athletes, but said the Director of the SEA Games in May, there will be 13.
“Regarding the target, getting here is getting harder. We are focused on qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympics. Meanwhile, the Hanoi SEA Games is a stepping stone,” said Dirja.
Weightlifting has become Indonesia’s mainstay sport in various multi-event events. At the previous edition of the SEA Games in the Philippines in 2019, the Indonesian weightlifting team was second in the medal standings with four gold, one silver, five bronze. (R-3)