Kalla optimistic of taekwondo, volleyball teams winning gold at SEA Games 2017

Bogor, West Java (ANTARA News) – Vice President Jusuf Kalla expressed optimism that the taekwondo and volleyball teams would win gold medals at the Sea Games in Kuala Lumpur on August 19-30, 2017.

“After witnessing the good training facilities for volleyball and taekwondo, I am optimistic that the teams for these two sports would win gold at the Sea Games,” the vice president remarked after reviewing the training of the volleyball team in Sentul, Bogor, on Tuesday.

Kalla said the Sea Games holds significance, as it helps to evaluate the ability of Indonesian teams in Southeast Asia before advancing to the 2018 Asian Games.

In the meantime, Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi remarked that the Sea Games are the entry gate to higher achievements at the Asian Games event.

“Hence, we hope all achievements in sports would be maximized, and the expected target of winning gold would be achieved well,” Nahrawi emphasized.

Before heading to Sentul, Vice President Kalla reviewed the Taekwondo Athletic Training Center in Cibubur, East Jakarta, on Tuesday, in preparation for the Sea Games 2017 and Asian Games 2018.

On the occasion, the vice president was accompanied by Nahrawi, Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee Chairman Erick Thohir, and Indonesia Gold Program Implementation Unit Chairman Achmad Soetjipto.

Kalla and his entourage arrived at the Taekwondo Athletic Training Center in Cibubur at 9:15 a.m. Western Indonesia Standard Time and watched the athletes who were practicing.

There, Indonesian Taekwondo Executive Board Chairman Marciano Norman informed the vice president about the medal targets and structure of the national team athletes and coaches.

“For the Sea Games and Asian Games, we are targeting to win two gold medals each in two events,” Norman noted.

Source: Antara News