Message of the President of the Republic of Indonesia during the Sent-off Ceremony of Indonesian Athlete Contingent for the 2018 Asian Para Games, 2 October 2018, at the Courtyard of Merdeka Palace, Jakarta
Unofficial English Translation
Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
May prosperity be upon us all,
Greetings of virtue.
Honorable athletes, officials, and trainers whom I am proud of and present here today,
Honorable Ministers of Working Cabinet, Chairman of INAPGOC, Indonesian Chef de Mission of the 2018 Asian Para Games,
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen,
Before I convey my message, let us together pray, have a moment of silence for our brothers and sisters who have just experienced earthquakes and tsunami, be it in Palu, Donggala, and Lombok. May they all be steadfast, patient, and trust and rely on God in facing the ordeal.
Let us pray!
The prayer done!
Soon, you are about to take part in an international competition 2018 Asian Para Games. As the best sons and daughters of Indonesia, I have high hopes for all of you to work hard, to give the best for this country. I know and I see that you all have worked hard in your training and try-out sessions. And we hope that it will yield a good result that bring a good name for our country Indonesia.
I have said that our target is to be in the top eight and get 16 gold medals. If it is missed, that would be fine, as long as we are in the top six or five. If the 16 gold medals target is missed, that would be fine, as long as we could get 20, 25, or 30. All Indonesian people want to see that we can win lots of games and the red-and-white flag will be raised and the national anthem Indonesia Raya can be played in every game.
I conclude my message here.
Wassalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. (Public Relation Division of Cabinet Secretariat)(TY/AW/Naster)