Indonesian Weightlifters Plan to Boost Performance Before 2020 Tokyo Games

Triyatno in action at the 2016 Rio Olympics. (Photo courtesy of the Indonesian Olympic contingent)

By : Amal Ganesha | on 12:04 PM August 11, 2016
Category : Sports, More Sports, Olympic

Jakarta. Indonesia's weightlifting federation said it would focus on boosting athletes' performance ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics 2020, after lifters Triyatno and I Ketut Ariana failed to win medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games on Tuesday (09/08).

Indonesian lifters have won two silver medals in Rio, with Sri Wahyuni Agustiani finishing second in the women's 48-kilogram class and Eko Yuli Irawan having lifted a total of 312 kilograms to finish second in the men's 62-kilogram class.

Weightlifting has been a consistent medal winner for Indonesia since Lisa Rumbewas won silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Since then, weightlifters have added another nine medals to Indonesia's tally, including at the Rio Games, placing it just behind badminton as Indonesia's most successful Olympic event.

The country has sent seven lifters to compete in the Rio Olympics with a target of three medals. However, Muhammad Hasbi, Deni and Dewi Syafitri fell short of medaling.

"We see China is very strong in weightlifting; we still have four years to improve [for Tokyo 2020]," Indonesian Weightlifting Federation (Pabbsi) chairman Rosan Roeslani said.

"We also see nutrition as an important factor; that's why when I was first elected as chairman in October, I appointed a qualified nutritionist first, because I know correct nutrition can prevent injuries and sustain athletes' careers.

"We urgently need to apply sports science, as we see it being done by other countries. I believe that in order to get better results, we should apply sports science [immediately]."

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