Indonesia Secures 6th Position in Hangzhou Asian Para Games
The Indonesian contingent is ranked 6th by securing 29 gold, 30 silver, and 36 bronze medals in the final standings of the 2022 Asian Para Games in Hangzhou, China.
“66 Indonesian athletes have accomplished a total of 13 records, including 8 records at the Asian Para Games, 3 records within Asia, and 2 world records, as well as Roma Siska’s first gold in the history of Indonesian blind judo at the Asian Para Games and and Felix Ardi Yudha’s outstanding performance resulting in the first gold in boccia ball,” Chef de Mission of the Indonesian Contingent Angela Tanoesoedibjo said in Hangzhou, Saturday (10/28).
According to Angela, the establishment of several records and accomplishments owes its success to the collaborative efforts and hard work of various stakeholders, including Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Indonesian National Paralympic Committee (NPC), as well as dedicated coaches, managers, and officials.
“I’d like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all the athletes who have shown immense dedication throughout classifications, qualifications, and finals. Our coaches and support staff also play a significant role. This achievement serves as compelling evidence that hard work will pay off,” he said.
In the meantime, Deputy Secretary General of the Indonesian NPC Rima Ferdianto said there would be an evaluation after the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Para Games, including the implementation and assessment of athlete performance in each sport.
“Out of the 12 sports which we participated in, 9 have successfully met their performance targets, while 3 have fallen short of expectations. This will serve as a basis for evaluation. Some sports have applied for medals but are yet to demonstrate strong performance, while others have excelled with outstanding performance,” Rima said.
She went on to say that The Indonesian NPC is planning to develop a comprehensive preparation program for the 2024 Paris Paralympics, to achieve a top 40 position. This target is based on the performance results of the Indonesian contingent in multi-event competitions, as exemplified by the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Para Games.
“For the upcoming Paris Paralympics scheduled for August 2024, we plan to secure qualification for 30 athletes across nine sports, including archery and boccia. We also aim to enhance our global ranking from 42 to break into the top 40,” she added.
Based on the effectiveness of sending athletes to the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games, Indonesia has achieved the third position, following the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Uzbekistan with a remarkable athlete-to-medals ratio of 73 percent.
With this remarkable achievement, Indonesia is solidifying its position as the leading contingent in the Southeast Asia region. The Garuda team has secured the highest ranking among Southeast Asian countries at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Para Games, with Thailand in 7th place, having won 27 gold, 26 silver, and 55 bronze medals, the Philippines in 9th place, Malaysia in 12th, and Singapore in 17th. (PR of Ministry of Youth and Sports/UN) (RIF/EP)