No less than Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is urging the host athletes to take the overall crown in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games this November.
“I call on you to make the SEA Games that we will host a success. Do your best and I hope you to share the spirit, determination and commitment to top performance or winning the games,” Yudhoyono said as quoted by the Jakarta Post when the Indonesian leader was speaking at the Senayan National Stadium in Jakarta.
The SEAG will be held in Jakarta and in the main hub of Palembang from Nov. 11 to 22.
“The president said the sports day should mark revival of the country’s achievements in international events,” the paper said.
Despite delays in the construction of venues, Indonesia is pressured to win the most number of gold medals since the host country hasn’t won the regional crown since 1997, the last time they hosted the biennial sportsfest.
There will be about 45 sports on tap, about half to be played in Jakarta and Palembang.
The odds notwithstanding, the Philippines is also being urged by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), its national Olympic committee, to go after the overall title.