Diananda competes in the 18th Asian Games at Jakarta.© World ArcheryCouncil News
Date : 25 Nov 2018
Tokyo, Japan, November 25, 2018: From Asian Games star to OCA Athletes’ Forum representative….it’s been a rewarding year for Indonesia’s Diananda Choirunisa.
The 21-year-old archer from Surabaya had a memorable Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, winning the silver medal in women’s recurve at the picturesque archery stadium in the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex.
Now she is representing Indonesia at the OCA’s third Athletes’ Forum at the National Training Centre in Tokyo and thinking of the long-term future for herself and her fellow athletes back home.
“This is the first time for me to be part of such a big international forum and I am happy and proud to be here representing Indonesia,” she said.
“I am learning a lot about the Olympic sports movement and about the needs and the life of athletes, and will present a report to the Indonesian Olympic Committee when I get home.
“I want to stay in sport after my career, so this forum is very useful for me. I want to be a coach.”
Diananda, who took up archery when she was seven because her mother was keen on the sport, became one of the faces of the 18th Asian Games for the home supporters on her incredible run to the final.
Coming into the Games ranked 53rd in the world and seeded seventh, she beat the Rio 2016 Olympic champion Chang Hye Jin of Korea in the quarter-finals and then eliminated Lei Chien-Ying of Chinese Taipei in the semi-finals. With the eyes of the nation on her in the final, “Nanda” couldn’t quite complete her dream and missed out on the gold medal to China’s Zhang Xinyin.
“It is a great memory, representing your country in the Asian Games at home, and beating the Korean Olympic champion has given me big confidence for the future,” she added. “After the Asian Games we received our prizes from President Widodo and I was able to buy a house in Surabaya.”
Her attentions now are focused on qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Nanda is one of 16 archers in the national team, training under four coaches, and their training base moves from Surabaya to Yogyakarta and Jakarta.
“This is my biggest dream – to compete in the Olympic Games,” she added.
The Indonesian archer will be under the spotlight next year at the SEA Games in the Philippines, having won three gold and two silver medals in previous editions.
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