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LESSONS FROM SEA GAMES 2017 FOR INDONESIA

The 29th Southeast Asian Games -SEA Games is still two days to go. This biennial event was officially opened on August 19 and will be closed on Wednesday 30 August 2017. Every country strives to send its best athletes to become as many as medalist grabbers.

For 2017 SEA Games, the Indonesian contingent has not managed to reach the target of becoming the overall champion, let alone adding its title as the most frequent winner in in the SEA GAMES history. Since the name SEA Games officially used in 1977, Indonesia has become the overall SEA Games champion for 10 times. Indonesia’s failure to reach the target of 55 gold medals has certainly left some notes.

There are many things that can be a lesson for Indonesia from SEA Games 2017, especially considering that in less than 1 year, Indonesia will host a bigger sports event, the 18th Asian Games. The athletes, who will be deployed at the Asian Games in 2018, must undergo more intensive practice, so that they can make better achievements. Moreover, Indonesia as the host country has targeted to reach twenty gold medals in the event. Athletes of 20 leading sports branches will be groomed at a training camp. Indonesia puts much hope on athletes from badminton, weightlifting, oars, judo, karate, boxing, and also athletics. Indonesia must enhance strategy and coaching for first-ranked athletes, while preparing the second layer athletes.

Another lesson from SEA Games 2017 is Indonesia's readiness to be a better host, starting from facilities and infrastructure to facilities that meet the needs of each country's contingent. In addition, Indonesia should minimize possible errors which can lead to dissatisfaction, and disappointment among the participating countries. The desire to achieve as many medals as possible should not beat sportsmanship and friendship among ASEAN member countries. Hopefully in the Asian games 2018, Indonesia not only can achieve the targeted medal, but also become a good host.

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