Indonesia eyes three titles at SEA Games' shooting event

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-21 22:03:23|Editor: huaxia
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JAKARTA, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian Youth and Sports Ministry has set a target of grabbing three gold medals at the forthcoming 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games scheduled to start at the end of this month in the Philippines, and expected the athletes would break world's records, a minister said here on Thursday.

Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali pointed out that the target was set based on the latest performance of the country's athletes.

"We are sanguine that the athletes will be able to secure gold medals. Based on the information from the coach and the manager of the team, it has been convincingly highlighted the performance of our athletes," said Amali when visiting the athletes' preparations at a firing range in Senayan area, Jakarta.

Shooting is one of the events which is expected to give Indonesia gold medals at the upcoming biennial multi-sports event slated to be held from November 30 to December 11. The country's athletes are also expected to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

"We expect the shooting sport would secure golds and there would be world records breaking," the minister said.

So far, Indonesian athlete Vidya Rafika Rahmatan Toyyiba has passed the qualifying round for the upcoming Olympic Games, according to the minister.

The Indonesian athlete successfully passed a minimum qualification score during the Asian Shooting Qualification in Qatar this year, mass media reported.

Indonesia is targeting fourth position during the Games with a revised 45 gold medals. However, the ministry has recently revised the target again to 54.