55 rock climbing athletes from 19 regions compete this week in the junior National Selection (Seleknas), to be able to break through the rock climbing team which is also being prepared to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which must be postponed until 2021.
One of the regions that sent representatives to the National Seleknas of the Indonesian Rock Climbing Federation (FPTI) was South Kalimantan. At this event, South Kalimantan was represented by six rock climbing athletes.
Coach and manager of the South Kalimantan rock climbing team. Akhmad Faridl Wajdi said that the national selection program had been prepared by the central FPTI since September 2020. However, due to the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in DKI Jakarta at that time, the National Seleknas agenda had to be postponed.
After being delayed, the National Seleknas activities leading to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics were able to take place this time. Precisely on 19-24 October 2020, it took place in the Jakarta International Climbing Wall Park, Cakung, East Jakarta.
In Akhmad’s view, this junior rock climbing Seleknas is a means of finding seeds for long-term guidance by the Central FPTI. Including the potential to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, after the four-year sports party had to be postponed for one year, due to the covid-19 pandemic.
“So for the assessment of whether to enter or not, this selection is not seen from the results only but there are many aspects of the assessment,” he said as quoted from Klikkalsel.com.explained
Akhmad also that there were four main points of assessment in the agenda for the National Selection. Namely a medical test at the Royal Sport Senayan City, a physical test at the Rawangmangun Stadium, a psychology test at the Santika Premiere Harapan Indah Hotel and a rock climbing skill test at the Jakarta International Climbing Park, Cakung, East Jakarta.
This time, Akhmad also explained that there were six athletes from South Kalimantan who participated in the National Seleknas, they were: three male athletes, M Firdan, M Rezky Azhar and Ferza Fernanda, and three female athletes: Putri Zeriflita, Aura Anjani and Andhika Nabila. It is hoped that Akhmad can get the best results and qualify for the next phase at this year’s National Seleknas, which only provides a quota of 4 male athletes and 6 female athletes.
“We continue to be optimistic to this day, in the National Seleknas our athletes are able to show their best abilities,” he concluded.