VOINews.id, Jakarta: Indonesia won 4 trophies, 10 gold medals, 9 silver medals, and 10 bronze medals at the 31st ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM) on 16-25 November 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand.
"The ten gold medals came from three gold in individual competitions, four gold in team competitions, and three gold in team exhibitions," wrote the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok in a statement received in Jakarta on Saturday (25/11/2023).
The competition was attended by 200 shooters from 10 countries in Southeast Asia: Brunei Darussalam, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The branches being competed are rifle, carbine, automatic rifle, men's pistol, and women's pistol.
Aside from that, in the individual competition, positive results were achieved in the men's pistol which managed to sweep all three medals contested by the 40 shooters. The women's pistol also made achievements by winning 1 gold and 1 silver. In the rifle branch, Indonesia added 1 gold and 1 bronze medal.
"With these results, Indonesia confirmed itself as the overall champion and replaced Vietnam as the defending champion in last year's competition," wrote the embassy.
Meanwhile, Vietnam is chasing closely in second place with 1 trophy, 10 gold, 7 silver, and 7 bronze. The Philippines followed in third place with 1 trophy, 10 gold, 6 silver, and 7 bronze. Following the Philippines in sequence are Myanmar, Laos, the host Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Singapore.
AARM is an Army shooting competition event between ASEAN countries which is held annually. At the 31st AARM, Indonesia fielded 45 participants from the army soldiers and 2 (two) supporters from the state-owned armament company Pindad.
In general, Indonesia has proven itself to be the hegemon among ASEAN countries by becoming the overall champion 14 times out of a total of 31 AARM events that have been held since 1991.