How do you feel being chosen as one of the Ambassadors of the Indonesian Teams?
I feel proud to be the part of Ambassadors of Indonesian Teams because, out of so many athletes, only six athletes in total were chosen because of our achievements and potential.

How do you prepare yourself for Asian Games 2018, mentally and physically?
My preparation at the USC Trojan, LA, was very good with programmes that were very much different from Indonesia’s and other places. I learned a lot of techniques for my 50m and 100m backstroke events, and I also joined several competitions around once every month.

SSudartawa.jpg

In your field, who is your biggest rival?
For swimming, our biggest rivals are the Chinese and Japanese. Moreover, the last medal Indonesia earned in this event was during the Asian Games 1990, which is why I will always strive for gold.

What attracts you to this particular sport?

 In the beginning, swimming was just a hobby for me, but then I became better, and better until I got to where I am at today—it’s all about challenging myself to be a better swimmer each day.

How do you get out of a slump, and what do you usually do to motivate yourself, or others?
There is no “lose” in swimming for me, because as long as I try my best and give all my best in my performance, I will feel accomplished like a winner. You are never a loser until you quit trying.

For swimming, what suggestion would you give to the government to improve its support, and why?

In terms of facilities such as swimming pools, Indonesia needs to build more pools that match Olympic standards—we also never get support from the government for any swimming equipment.

Who is your mentor or role model? What about the next generation of swimmer?

Adam Peaty is a role model for me. For Indonesia’s batch of good young swimmers, hopefully they can continuously keep improving and get better, not just for a short period, by competing more often.

What are your proudest achievement?

Some of my biggest achievements include being chosen to swim for the Indonesian team at the London Olympics 2012, and to be the flag-bearer during those Olympic Games and also this year’s Asian Games.

Where do you see yourself in the next five or 10 years?

I am not thinking about five or 10 years ahead yet because for now I’m focusing on qualifying for the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo. However, I am interested in running a business, or maybe open a mini-market in the future.

What do you think about today’s prospects and treatment for retired athletes, and how do you prepare for yours?

The government is now paying more attention in regards to retirement for athletes. Those who win gold medals, starting with these Asian Games, will be appointed to be civil servants, and I also prepare for my future by investing all my bonuses.

See also: How weightlifter Eko Yuli gets gold in Asian Games 2018, and aims for Tokyo 2020

Tags: Indonesia Tatler, Society, Asian Games 2018, Athletes