Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Sport Climbing Federation (FPTI) has projected that as many as six Indonesian sport climbing athletes will qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

"We expect the sport climbing athletes to qualify for the Olympics because they have a great opportunity in the ongoing qualification process," FPTI Secretary General Florenciano Hendricus Mutter said over a telephone call from here on Monday.

Currently, two athletes from FPTI have bagged tickets to the Paris Olympics: Rahmad Adi Mulyono in men's speed and Desak Made Rita Kusuma Dewi in women's speed.

Mutter said that more qualifiers are scheduled to be held in China and the United States, so the number of Indonesian rock climbing athletes qualifying for the Olympics is likely to increase by four.

"There are two more athletes who are most likely to qualify for the speed format , and another two for the combined format (boulder and lead)," he informed.

Mutter said several athletes are still hunting for the Paris tickets through qualification tournaments.

Speed athletes, he said, have a pretty good record so, in addition to having the opportunity to qualify, they may also win medals at the Paris Olympics.

Meanwhile, athletes competing in the combined format are expected to break through by qualifying for the Olympics, but they do not have a target to win medals, he informed.

This is because their ranking is still lower than athletes from other countries.

Mutter said that the athletes who qualify for the Paris Olympics will undergo national centralized training (Pelatnas) in Bekasi, West Java.

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