Gold target achieved, minister promises bonus

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Gold target achieved, minister promises bonus

Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy, speaks to the press at Binjiang Gymnasium, China, on Thursday (October 26, 2023). (ANTARA/Arnidhya Nur Zhafira)

Hangzhou, China (ANTARA) - Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy assured that athletes with a medal achievement at the 2022 Asian Para Games in Hangzhou, China, will get a bonus. He made the announcement following the attainment of the medal target of 19 golds. "I am very delighted that today the target we have set, namely 19 gold medals, has been achieved. Likewise, with the top 10 (target), we are now in 7th place," he told the press at Binjiang Gymnasium, China, on Thursday.

"Regarding bonus, of course (it will be provided). Later, we will discuss it with the CdM (Chef de Mission), the parties responsible, and we will also propose it to the President," he added.

Even though the target of 19 gold medals has been achieved, Effendy expressed the hope that the athletes who will compete until the last day of the Asian Para Games will continue to strive to make the nation proud.

"Thus, after the 19 gold medals, we only need to seek the addition. Hopefully, it could be above 25 gold medals because there are some sports with high potential for gold achievement, including para-badminton, which we are relying on," the minister said.

As of Thursday, the Indonesian contingent ranked 7th in the standings, with 19 gold, 17 silver, and 26 bronze medals. On Thursday, Indonesia secured medals in athletics, cycling, badminton, and chess. The chess team boosted the medal tally of the Indonesian contingent with 7 gold medals.

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The Indonesian contingent is aiming to finish in the top 10 at the games, with a target of 19 gold, 23 silver, and 25 bronze medals. Indonesia is competing in 12 sports in Hangzhou: athletics, swimming, weightlifting, badminton, cycling, shooting, judo, boccia, chess, lawn bowls, archery, and table tennis.