Indonesia to Send Fewer Athletes to London Paralympics Than Hoped

By webadmin on 05:17 pm May 21, 2012
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Ami Afriatni

Indonesia will send six athletes to the upcoming 2012 Paralympics in London, an official said on Monday.

Three of the athletes will compete in athletics, a collection of sporting events that involves running, jumping, throwing and walking, Indonesian Olympic Committee chairwoman Rita Subowo said. The other three will contest in powerlifting, swimming and table tennis, respectively, she said.

Six athletes was less than the committee had hoped, Rita said. She attributed the small number to a lack of preparation and poor facilities.

“We’ve only ever been able to prepare for the Games in Solo [a Central Java town],” she said. “This has caused problems for us. In the future we must improve these facilities.”

“We must change our vision and make Olympics and Paralympics our highest targets, which we should thus well prepare,” she added.

Rita was speaking on the sidelines of an event in Jakarta on Monday themed “100 Days Ahead of 2012 London Paralympic”,  organized by the British Embassy in Jakarta.

Five of the six disabled athletes attended the event: Marthin Losu, Setio Budi Hartanto and Suyono (athletics), Ni Nengah Widiasih (powerlifting) and Agus Ngaimin (swimming).

David Jacobs, who will play table tennis, was not in attendance.