Indonesian bicycle racing athletes who participate in the BMX number are planned to hold a national training camp (Pelatnas) in Yogyakarta. This TC was held in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, whose schedule has shifted to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The plan of the Indonesian BMX team will first participate in the qualifying rounds of the Olympics, in order to get tickets to the biggest sporting event in the world.
In order to ensure the condition of the athletes before focusing on the National Pelatnas program, the Executive Board of the Indonesian Sport Bicycle Association (PB ISSI) held a swab test, which was attended by all BMX athletes who were prospective TC participants.
According to one of the Indonesian BMX athletes, I Gusti Bagus Saputra, during the pandemic, he and the Indonesian BMX team always strive to implement strict health protocol standards.
“During the pandemic, our BMX numbers will continue with the requirements from the Ministry of Youth and Sports to undergo government protocols,” said Bagus, as quoted by Tribunnews.com.
The BMX gold medalist at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games added that every time they practice, they will carry out special procedures, to ensure health and hygiene.
“We have to undergo health protocols such as wearing masks, carrying hand sanitizers everywhere and taking vitamins too,” he continued.
Regarding preparations for qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, Bagus explained that training was still running normally according to the program, even in the situation of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Good practice is still being undertaken, because according to him, currently the Indonesian Team has a great opportunity to be able to break through the qualifying rounds and appear at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The reason is that currently the Indonesian BMX team is ranked 19, and they need to be ranked 11 to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
“Our ranking is now at 19 and we should be able to move 4 or six countries so that we can qualify for the Olympics.” said Good.
It is also good to consider that the qualifications for the Tokyo Olympics are currently tighter. Because there is a reduction in the quota for BMX athletes when compared to the previous Olympics in Rio 2016.
“Because tomorrow’s Olympics will be different from the Olympics at Rio (de Janeiro) yesterday because there was a reduction, especially in the elite men’s numbers. At that time, the quota of 32 is for boys now, if I’m not mistaken, 24, “explained the BMX rider who won the championship in the 2020 BMX National Championship.
For information, the Indonesian Team should have participated in four series of races held in Indonesia, namely the Asian BMX Championship and the C-1 BMX Championship in Jakarta and the C-1 BMX and Hors Class Championship in Banyuwangi.
It’s just that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all of these championship events have experienced schedule delays, until time cannot be certain.
Likewise with various BMX events held abroad, such as the BMX World Cup in the United States and Argentina in May 2020, the BMX World Championship in June 2020, and the BMX C – 1 World Cup in the United States, all of which are still being discussed for the schedule of changes. World Cycling Federation (UCI).