Old clashes with new as Indonesian weightlifters go for gold


Weightlifting is gaining Indonesia large medal hauls in international competitions but lags behind badminton in popularity.-AFP

Pringsewu, Indonesia (AFP) - Inside a spartan weightlifting gym in Indonesia, teenagers chalk their hands, grit their teeth and thrust faded metal barbells above their heads, hopeful of Olympic glory.
Many of Indonesia’s sporting legends were bred in small-town clubs, whipped into shape by old-school coaches and relentless training.

But as Indonesia strives to increase its gold-medal haul at the 2018 Asian Games and Tokyo 2020, there’s a push to modernise such sports.

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