Jakarta. Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi expressed his disappointment at the lack of first prize gold medals won by Indonesian athletes so far at the 2017 SEA Games being held in Malaysia, saying that he will directly oversee training methods in the run-up to next year's Asian Games.
"The SEA Games will end in two to three days, hopefully there will be a miracle for us [to gain more medals]," Imam said at the State Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday (29/08).
Indonesia currently stands fifth in ranking at the Games, with 38 gold medal wins, 63 silver medal wins and 90 bronze medal wins. The country also finished fifth at the 2015 Sea Games.
Vice President Jusuf Kalla earlier said the country should strive to finish at least fourth at this year's Games.
"I've ordered Satlak Prima [Indonesia's Sport High Performance Task Force] and KOI [the Indonesian Olympic Committee] to make a note [...] and thorough analysis of whether our bad performance this year was caused by our athletes, the referees or other non-technical factors," Imam said.
Many see this year's SEA Games as a warm up for next year's Asian Games, which Indonesia will host and which many high-ranking officials say will not be a complete success if Indonesian athletes fail to perform.
"I'll directly take control of the high performance training techniques after this to serve as an evaluation before the Asian Games," the minister said.
"I'll maximize coordination among key stakeholders, including federation leaders, to reach our target in the 2018 Asian Games."