Indonesian Wushu Team to Train in China Before SEA Games
22 January 2023 13:05 WIB
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Wushu team will train in China as a part of its preparations ahead of the 32nd Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) that will take place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on May 5-17, 2023.
General Secretary of the Indonesian Wushu Federation (PB WI) Ngatino stated that Indonesia will send 19 athletes, comprising 11 athletes in the Taolu category and eight in Sanda. They will depart for China on February.
“Indonesia's wushu team will train in China in February 2023. However, we still have to complete the documents required to know the exact departure schedule,” Ngatino noted in a statement received on Friday.
The training will be held in two different cities. Sanda athletes will stay in Henan, while Taolu athletes will train in Nazhing.
In the 2023 SEA Games Cambodia, Indonesia will send eight athletes in the taolu category and six for sanda.
PB WI has set a target to bag at least three gold medals in the region’s biggest sporting event, although the government is keen on four gold medals.
Earlier, the Indonesian wushu team had succeeded in achieving the target of three gold medals at the 2021 SEA Games in Vietnam and finished as the runner-up in the medal standings.
The team clinched three gold medals, nine silver medals, and three bronze medals.
Indonesia has some top seeded athletes to secure gold medals in the 2023 SEA Games.
They are gold medalist in the 2019 SEA Games Edgar Xavier Marvelo, gold medalists in the 2021 SEA Games Seraf Naro Siregar and Alisya Mellynar, and silver medalist in the 2021 SEA Games Nadhira Mauriska.
For the first time, Cambodia will be hosting Southeast Asia's biennial sporting event. It will feature 36 sports with 47 disciplines and 585 medal events.
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