Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Ambassador to Japan Heri Akhmadi and his staff welcomed Indonesian athletes and the supporting teams for the Tokyo Olympics at Tokyo's Narita Airport, Japan, on Sunday.

The Indonesian contingent consisted of 13 athletes and 11 coaches from five sports, namely archery (4 athletes), weightlifting (4), shooting (1), swimming (2), and surfing (1+1 reserve athlete) , and 4 supporting teams, Chef de Mission (CdM) Rosan P Roeslani, and Chair of the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) Sapta Oktohari.

Ambassador Akhmadi said he was proud of the Indonesian Olympic team because they were the nation's best sons and daughters who would represent the nation at the most honorable sporting event.

"They fight to uphold the name of Indonesia. Hopefully all can give the best for the nation and are always in the protection of Allah SWT, God Almighty," Ambassador Heri Akhmadi said in a press release issued by the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo, Sunday.

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Meanwhile, CdM Roeslani appreciated the support for the facilities and the welcome accorded by the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo to the Indonesian Olympic team. He hoped the athletes would perform their best during the Tokyo Olympics.

"Hopefully there will be an increase in the achievements of the athletes. Our focus is on encouraging the athletes because this is a very challenging Olympics amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as there restrictions and others," Roeslani said.

The ambassador and the CdM visited the Olympic Athlete Village to see where the athletes were staying. Akhmadi ensured that the Athlete Village has implemented very strict health protocols to guarantee the safety and health of the entire contingents.

Prior to the large group that just arrived, Indonesia's badminton team had already arrived in Japan on Thursday (8/7) to undergo training in Kumamoto Prefecture. The Indonesian badminton team will join the group in Tokyo on Monday (19/7).

The members of the Indonesian contingent have been vaccinated and undergone quarantine with strict health protocols according to the rules of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG).

CdM and KOI also stepped up testing with PCR swab tests for seven consecutive days, and the test results on the 4th day and 30 hours before departure were submitted to the Japanese government.

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Translator: Shofi Ayudiana, Fardah
Editor: Suharto
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