The Jakarta International BMX 2020 event, which was held on February 15-16, 2020 in Jakarta, is expected by the Minister of Youth and Sports (Menpora) Zainudin Amali to become a medium for the Indonesian Team in the BMX sport to sharpen their mentality, in order to keep their hopes of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“If there is no competition in sports, no matter how good the training, their ability cannot be tested. With a championship like this, of course there is readiness and hope for them to improve their achievements,” Zainudin said at the Jakarta International BMX Series 1 & 2 Winner Awards Ceremony at the BMX Circuit Pulomas, Saturday (02/15/2020), as quoted by Beritasatu.com.
The Menpora also gave appreciation to the Executive Board of the Indonesian Bicycle Sport Association (PB ISSI). Because championships like this will be the right means for many national racers to be able to hone their mental match, against athletes – foreign athletes.
“Early age coaching is definitely needed so that they start to get used to the competitive climate. ISSI is actively organizing tournaments both in Jakarta and other regions. Therefore, the government supports that this can continue to be done on a larger scale, especially with competitors from other countries, “said Zainudin.
With the increasing number of tournaments being participated in, the Menpora has high hopes, that the Indonesian BMX Team can prepare themselves well, in order to win tickets to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“I think our final target is the Olympics. Any championship held in order to qualify for the Olympics. I hope athletes can qualify for the Olympics,” he concluded.
For information, the categories contested at Jakarta International BMX are Junior (Men and Women), and Elite (Men and Women). While on the first day, the Indonesian Team athletes still did not achieve the best performance.
In the event that was also included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying agenda, Indonesia, which dropped its three best riders Toni Syarifudin, Rio Akbar and I Gusti Bagus Saputra still failed to penetrate the top five in the final round.
Reporting from Antara News Agency, BMX head coach of the Indonesian Team Dada Haris Purnomo said fatigue was the main factor foster children had difficulty competing.
“I saw back from Australia, the conditions were not 100% fit for children. Three of our drivers are actually still sick. It’s good there are injuries, Toni and Rio recover from illness, “said Dada.
But Dadang was not disappointed. He actually views this event as having a positive impact, especially on the racing driver’s mentality.
“In this event, children can meet professional racers. So that we can measure mentally to the maximum. This is very positive, “he concluded.