Swimming is one of the sports that currently has not restarted the national training camp (Pelatnas). Previously, several sports had started again for the implementation of Pelatnas, the last was wushu which involved 30 athletes from various regions.
The Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian Swimming Association, Harlin E Rahardjo, acknowledged that his party is currently still working on the proposal for the National Swimming Training Center which is projected towards the qualifying round of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
“Because it is less than 12 months and the opportunity for selection is only 10 months away,” he said as quoted by Jawa Pos.
Harlin was confident that by the end of August everything related to administration was over. So, Pelatnas can roll back in early September. What is currently being pursued in the proposal is a list of athletes and coaches, program planning, and training periodization.
“Until anything that is needed, such as training facilities, training tools, equipment, nutrition, psychologists, and of course the budget plan (RAB),” he said.
Harlin continued, currently there are at least six athletes who will be prepared by PB PRSI for the Olympics. They are, I Gede Siman Sudartawa, Triady Fauzi, Glenn Victor, Aflah Fadlan Prawira, Farrel Armandio Tangkas and Azzahra Permatahani.
Harlin did not deny that his party was late in preparing proposals and the National Pelatnas at this time. This is related to safety and health standards in the midst of the current Covid-19 pandemic.
“ But, because of Covid-19, like it or not, we have to postpone it first. And, the new swimming pool was opened at the end of June and in two months we will see the implementation of the health protocol in the field, ” he concluded.