Jakarta (ANTARA) - Chairman of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) Raja Sapta Oktohari is confident that two Indonesian rock climbing sports athletes competing in the 2024 Paris Olympics have a strong chance of clinching gold.

"Two athletes for speed climbing, God willing, one a man and (the other a) woman, both have a great chance to win gold at the 2024 Paris Olympics," Oktohari stated in the 2024 NOC Members Meeting and Extraordinary Congress here on Friday.

Two rock climbing athletes who will take part in the Paris Olympics include Desak Maderita Kusuma Dewi, who earlier won gold in the women's speed at the IFSC rock climbing in Bern, Switzerland, in August 2023.

The other athlete is Rahmad Adi Mulyono, who secured a gold medal at the IFSC championship in Jakarta in November 2023.

Oktohari remarked that the achievements of the duo became an important premise to be optimistic about a gold medal win at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Gold medals can be potentially won by Indonesia in several other sports at the 2024 Paris Olympics, as more athletes get tickets to participate, he added.

"If the potential is used only (in) badminton, now, many sports have the opportunity to get gold in the history of Indonesia's participation in the Olympics," he said.

NOC Indonesia announced that until now, seven athletes from five sports have qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics, while athletes in other sports are still struggling to qualify through various competitions.

In addition to the two rock climbing athletes, five other athletes are Arif Dwi Pangestu, and Diananda Choirunisa/Riau Egha Agatha Salsabila as the pair for archery, Rifda Irfanaluthfi for artistic gymnastics, Fathur Gustafian for shooting, and Rio Wanda for surfing.

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