Indonesian women gymnasts train in Doha for Asian Games, YOG

DOHA: The Indonesian women’s artistic team coach Eva Butarbutar is happy to be back in the Qatari capital to train her wards at the Qatar Gymnastics Federation (QGF) training centre as a part of their preparation for next month’s Asian Games (Jakarta and Palembang) and Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“It’s always good to be back here as we get to use the excellent facilities. Qatar has some of the best infrastructures and we are really thrilled to use them,” Butarbutar told qatargym.com. “We want to thank Qatar Gymnastics Federation for giving us the opportunity to train here. We are indeed grateful to them.”

The team recently participated at the FIG Artistic World Challenge Cup in Koper, Slovenia.

The QGF is also supporting the Indonesia team with the technical support.

“We’ve been benefitted from the training programme prepared for us by the QGF technical team. It has helped our gymnasts besides the modern equipments which are excellent,” Eva added.

As hosts, they will field Rifda Irfanaluthfi, Armartiani and Trithalia at the Games, which will start with Opening Ceremony on August 18.

“The training sessions here has helped me a lot. Doha feels like home for me as we come here every time,” said Rifda.

The 18-year-old is one of her country’s best prospects, having won gold in balance beam and as many silver (vault) and three bronze medals (team, uneven and floor) at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“It felt like great as it was my first gold in any international competitions,” added Rifda, who now trains her eyes on a podium finish at the continental competition.