Mataram, W Nusa Tenggara, March 8 (ANTARA) - A "Pencak Silat" (Indonesian arts of self defence) athlete, Mardiansyah, from the Province of West Nusatenggara (NTB), will take part in the South East Asia (SEA) Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, in July this year.
Secretary of NTB-chapter of the Indonesian Pencak Silat Association (IPSI), Reso Rachman, told newsman here Saturday that Mardiansyah was a gold medalist in the National Pencak Silat Competition in Jakarta recently.
Reso Rachman said that Mardiansyah would admitted to an intensively centralized training beginning next week in order to prepare for the SEA Games.
He said Mardiansyah was a tough athlete which had been closely eyed by other provinces in Indonesia with the hope that he move there to help strengthen their sports teams.
Mardiansyah has also been expected to earn gold medal for NTB province in the 16th National Sports Week (PON) in Palembang, South Sumatra, in 2004, Reso Rachman said.
In the 15th PON Competition in Surabaya, NTB Province also earned a gold medal for Pencak Silat competition, Reso Rachman said.
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