"I am responsible for all of this and we will carry out a total evaluation (of the Games)", said Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi at the Presidential Palace yesterday, as quoted by Detik.
Najib said the Barisan Nasional led government chose to award a public holiday in recognition of the sacrifices made by the athletes to achieve the most memorable result in the history of the SEA Games.
"I knew Malaysia would cheat, this is not good for our athletes, but we have to accept this", Prabowo stated. "I overdid. I did that to motivate them".
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The Philippines ended up winning less than half of the projected number with 24 gold, 33 silver and 64 bronze medals.
The medal tally sees Indonesia rank fifth on the medal table, below Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia.
Malaysia then extinguished the SEA Games flame and handed the flag over to Philippines, which is set to host the 30th edition of the SEA Games in 2019. Malaysia emerged as the overall champion winning 145 Gold medals.
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She said she made that astronomical target based on the projections of the various national sports associations and in an effort to motivate the Filipino athletes. The Red-and-White squad's gold medal tally is lower than the targeted 55 gold medals and even below the achievement of the 2015 SEA Games, when Indonesia bagged 47 golds.
In the same radio program, she also brought up a conversation she had with national bowling coach Paeng Nepomuceno, who told her his team could win one gold.
Freddie Webb, an Olympian and former senator who co-hosts "Fastbreak", said he agreed with Nepomuceno giving a minimum number as if to manage expectations.
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