15 Jan Nations set their 2015 SEA Games targets

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Nila, the 2015 SEA Games mascot shows of the games motto. Photo: Halim/SINGSOC
Nila, the 2015 SEA Games mascot shows of the games motto. Photo: Halim/SINGSOC

A war of words in advance of the 2015 South East Asian Games has begun as nations announce their expectations and Indonesia’s Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi has suggested that his country must deploy sporting espionage to gain advantage over the competition.

About 7,000 athletes from the 11 members of ASEAN are expected will compete in the event to be held over 12 days in Singapore; opening on June 5 and closing on June 16.

Mr Hadi Wihardja, an official with the Indonesian body in charge of preparing the nation’s elite athletes, was reported on January 14 by the Jakarta Post as saying that the agency expected to win only 41 of the gold medals on offer in the 402 events to be held across 36 sports.

The Post noted thisfigure was down from the 46 cited last November, and a third of the 120 gold medal targetthat the country failed to meet at the 2013 Myanmar hosted games. The archipelago nation placed fourth in the medal table on that occasion, their 65 gold medals, trailing top nation Thailand, hosts Myanmar and third-place Vietnam.

“Our weaknesses are that we rarely spy other on countries’ sports. We don’t have sports intelligence assigned to this task,” said Minister Imam Nahrawi on January 9, also reported in the Jakarta Post.

Numerous media outlets in the Philippines have reported Mr Julian Camacho, the nation’s chef-de-mission, setting a target of at least 45 gold medals.

“We’re not really putting out a prediction but for sure we will do better than the Myanmar SEA Games,” where 29 gold placed the nation seventh, its lowest position in SEA Games history, Mr Camacho was reported by ABS-CBN News as saying on January 14.

Host nation Singapore have also laid down their challenge in the pool, an arena they dominated in 2013, securing a 30 medal haul over only 32 events. Channel News Asia reported new national swimming coach, Sergio Lopez, has challenging his athletes to best that record and turn the pool into a cauldron of fear for their opponents.

Myanmar has yet to lay down their expectations for the games, though they will struggle to match their 88 gold and 233 medals overall won in 2013.

The sports to be competed in the 2015 games are aquatics (swimming, synchronised swimming, diving, waterpolo), archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, billiards & snooker, bowling, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, floorball, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, judo, netball, petanque, rowing, rugby 7s, sailing, sepaktakraw, shooting, silat, softball, squash, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, dragon boat, triathlon, volleyball, wakeboard &waterski, and wushu.

Last modified on Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:53