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Road to Asian Games 2018: Sanggoe Tanjung

Asian Games 2018 is just around the corner and the Indonesian people from Sabang to Merauke can’t wait to see and join the biggest multi-sports event in Asia to cheer the Indonesian Team.

The Indonesian contingent in this year’s Asian Games is the biggest ever deployed throughout its participation in the multisport event. There are 1,383 people on the team, which includes 938 athletes who will compete in 40 sports and 365 officials. Back in the Incheon 2014 Asian Games in South Korea, Indonesia sent 188 athletes who won four gold medals, five silver medals, and 11 bronze medals. The squad finished 17th in the medal standing.

On this Road to Asian Games, Malaria House talked with Sanggoe Tanjung, one of the pride of Balinese skater, who joined this year’s Indonesia national team for the Roller Sport – Skateboard sport.

Sanggoe Dharma Tanjung started skateboarding at the age of 5 years and used to play at Base Skatepark in Dalung, Kuta. That hobby has taken Sanggoe skating around the world. Started with local competition in Bali, Sanggoe has joined many international competitions. His first international competition was the FISE World Malaysia 2014 where he ranked on the third place at the age of 12 years old. He went on by reaching the third rank at X-Games in Shanghai, China, afterward. He also got sponsorship from many international retail brands because of his success from Rip Curl to Volcom.

Now, at the age of 16 years old and after so many success in international competitions, together with the other 7 skaters, Sanggoe will compete in the Roller Sport – Skateboard sport through Asian Games 2018. He had to go through a selection process, held by the Roller Skate National Association (PB Perserosi), where he was chosen as part of the 8 Indonesian skateboard team. He then went to the intensive training program and when this article is published, he is in Jakarta to join the Opening Ceremony, which will be held on 18 August 2018. “The training program is no different from how I use to train every day, it’s just more organized. I use to train from morning to lunchtime, and then I will continue again after lunch to the evening time. Basically, I just do skate every day, which is what I really like to do.” Said Sanggoe.

With many international experiences, Sanggoe knows his competitors in this Asian Games 2018. “I have to look out for the Japanese team. Japanese skaters have shown good qualities throughout international skateboard events, so it’s going to be challenging to compete with them,” said Sanggoe.

But Sanggoe is confident that Indonesian skaters have the same high qualities as the rest of the countries that participate in Asian Games 2018. “I really want to get the gold medal. But I just want to give my best for Indonesia in this competition. And I hope that after the event finish, the government will put more focus on youth sports development, especially in the skateboarding sport.” Said Sanggoe.

Roller Sport – Skateboard sports match will be held in Jakabaring Sports City, Palembang, on the 28th of August 2018. You can find the full Asian Games match schedule HERE.

On this year’s Asian Games, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo targeted Indonesia to get into the top 10. That’s a lot of pressure for sure, but if you’re going to host the biggest multisport event in your country, you might as well win it!

Watch the Asian Games 2018 Opening Ceremony Live from Gelora Bung Karno Stadium at 18:15 Jakarta Time by SCTV HERE.

Photo courtesy of @btxphoto and @sanggoee

By: Malariahouse | 17 August 2018