The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics will enter its last day after officially opening on August 24, 2021 ago. To this day, the Indonesian contingent has made many parties proud, including temporarily Indonesia managed to collect 1 gold medal, 3 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals. Badminton is a promising sport with a total of 5 medals for Indonesia.
Interestingly, after more than 40 years of fasting, Indonesia finally won a gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. This victory was contributed by badminton women’s doubles Leani Ratri Oktila and Khalimatus Sadiyah. In the final, the first seed defeated the second seed from China, Chen He Fang/Ma Hui Hui by winning straight games 21-18 and 21-12.
The last time the gold medal was in the 1980 Paralympics, the victory of Leani and Khalimatus was welcomed by President Joko Widodo
Leani and Khalimatus ended the 41-year wait for Indonesia to win a gold medal at the Paralympics stage. In addition, this women’s doubles pair also made history as the first Indonesian representative to win a gold medal in this sport badminton Paralympics. Badminton is a sport that is being competed for the first time in Tokyo.
In his official statement, President Joko Widodo expressed his pride and gratitude to the two Indonesian heroes. Previously, President Jokowi also congratulated two Indonesian heroes who appeared in the men’s singles number SU5, Dheva Anrimusthi and Suryo Nugroho.
“Indonesia’s gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics has finally arrived. The struggle of the heroine Leani Ratri Oktila/Khalimatus Sadiyah, who appeared in the women’s doubles number SL3-SU5, yielded maximum results after winning from the Chinese representative. From the country, I congratulate Leani Ratri Oktila and Khalimatus Sadiyah,” said the President through his social media account, Saturday (4/9).
Masil has the opportunity to add medals after donating gold and silver to Indonesia, Leani Oktila is one of the mainstays in the Paralympic badminton sport
Leani’s persistence to achieve the highest achievement is proven by hard work in every practice. He is known to often come early during practice, even increasing the portion of his training. Achievement after achievement was achieved at international events, including six ASEAN Para Games medals, three Asian Para Games, and three BWF World Championships.
The 30-year-old athlete at the Tokyo Paralympics was recorded in three numbers, namely women’s singles in SL4 class, women’s doubles and mixed doubles in SL3-SU5 class. As a result, she won the women’s doubles gold medal and the SL4 women’s singles silver medal. Today, Leani also has the opportunity to add her medal to the Tokyo Paralympics through mixed doubles with Hary Susanto. Later, he will face representatives of France, Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel in the final match.
Reported from Between, Leani Ratri had an accident in 2011 when she was 21 years old. The accident left him with a broken leg and left arm. He was also sentenced to have a permanent disability, but with a strong determination he began to pursue badminton, a badminton sport for disabled athletes. This is where his struggle to make the country proud can be realized.
It should be proud, the Indonesian contingent at the Tokyo Paralympics this time managed to exceed the target given by the state
Before the Tokyo Paralympics began, NPC Indonesia had 4 targets set. First, Indonesia could send 15 athletes to Tokyo, the target was actually exceeded with 23 athletes who managed to penetrate the four-yearly sports event. Second, Indonesia participated in six sports, but was again surpassed by participating in seven sports, namely athletics, powerlifting, shooting, swimming, table tennis, badminton and cycling.
Third and fourth The goal is to win five medals, namely one gold, one silver and three bronzes so that they can end up in the top 60 positions. All of these components have in fact been realized and even confirmed to exceed the target on the last day, Sunday. The struggle of the nation’s sports heroes is certainly welcomed by the community. The government has even provided bonuses for Paralympic medalists whose numbers are equivalent to those of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Thank you for the athletes’ struggle to make the nation proud, hopefully their hard work can always be an inspiration to many people. Congratulations and cheers!