Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
The Indonesian team that is struggling in the Championship Karate Asia 2021 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, won four medals without the Red and White flag at the medal ceremony.
The gold medal was won by Akio Zaiko who appeared in the Kata individual cadet number and Hazel Ramadhan in the Kata individual junior.
The Indonesian karate team also won one silver through Tiara Sandy from the kumite category +54 kg for cadet women and an additional bronze from Nadlima Alya from the female cadet individual kata class.
Indonesian karate team official, Ricky Muchtar, stated that without the national flag the athletes would still appear motivated.
“Although at the medal presentation ceremony, the Red and White flag cannot be raised because the punishment from the World Anti-Doping Agency has not ended, but it does not dampen the value of the Garuda Indonesia athletes’ fighting spirit. Of course we still hope that the issue of doping sanctions against LADI (Indonesian Anti-Doping Agency) will be resolved soon. ends so that Red and White can fly again,” said Ricky.
The problem of sanctions against LADI previously prevented the Indonesian flag from flying in several events, including the Thomas Cup and AFF Cup.
With this achievement, the Indonesian team has exceeded the target of two golds that were proclaimed. The Indonesian team will still try to increase the medal treasury until the championship ends on December 22.
The head of the Indonesian karate team delegation, Darly Siregar, stated that opportunities were still open for Indonesian karateka until the last day.
“This is an extraordinary achievement and it is hoped that it will continue on the second day to the fifth day. Everything was possible thanks to the solid cohesiveness of a team consisting of four pillars, namely the administrators, coaches, athletes and referees/jurors. And of course the children’s fighting spirit. cold, but the spirit of athletes and coaches is never cold,” said Darly as quoted from an official release.
(nva / sry)
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