VICE President Ma’ruf Amin hopes that Indonesian athletes can achieve the overall target in the ASEAN Para Games XI 2022. Indonesia as the host will field around 200 athletes to participate in all sports that are competed in Solo.
“We hope that Indonesia can become the overall champion, and in the future we will indeed have a National Sports Grand Design, namely in order to improve achievements and conduct more well-organized coaching, with target designs,” said Ma’ruf after opening officially ASEAN Para Games XI 2022, Saturday (30/7).
The ASEAN Para Games XI 2022 will take place from 30 July to 6 August 2022. There are 14 types of sports that will be competed, including athletics, swimming, badminton, table tennis, chess, weightlifting, bocia, judo, goalboal, wheelchair tennis, archery, CP football, seated volleyball, and wheelchair basketball.
Ma’ruf said the government really appreciates the ASEAN Para Games XI this year in the midst of the lack of international sporting events.
“Alhamdulillah, the Menpora, the Governor, the Mayor were able to organize and I think this is an extraordinary achievement to encourage the enthusiasm of the athletes for these games, which they have not expected for a long time,” he explained.
Ma’ruf emphasized that there will be awards given to athletes who excel in the event. “And the government will give awards as planned to outstanding athletes,” he explained.
Meanwhile, the Mayor of Solo as Chair of the Indonesia ASEAN Para Games XI 2022 Gibran Rakabuming Raka, conveyed the smooth opening of today’s event and will be closed on August 6, 2022.
“Alhamdulillah, the opening ceremony for this event went smoothly. After this event, the event will be held until 5 [Agustus]and 6 [Agustus] there will be a closing ceremony,” explained Gibran.
Furthermore, the Minister of Youth and Sports Zainudin Amali also said that the central government had cooperated optimally in preparing the ASEAN Para Games XI 2022 event.
“As we have signed Presidential Decree 86 of 2021 concerning the Great Design of National Sports (DBON), the head of the coordination team at the central level is directly Mr. Vice President and we have prepared everything, including for our Para Games athletes,” he said. (OL-6)