President Jokowi Sends Off Indonesian Contingent for 31st SEA Games
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Monday (05/09) officially sent off the Indonesian contingent who will compete in the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam.
The send-off ceremony was held at the ground of Merdeka Palace in Jakarta.
In his directives, the President expressed hope that the athletes, who will compete in the biggest regional sports event in Southeast Asia, can enhance the reputation of the nation and state of Indonesia.
“I want the current contingent, which is leaner, as Minister of Youth and Sports said—but we, all Indonesian people want this contingent to make the best achievements, to enhance the reputation of our country, our nation Indonesia,” he said.
In the 28th SEA Games in Singapore and the 29th SEA Games in Malaysia, Indonesia was at the fifth place, whereas in the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines, Indonesia reached the fourth place.
The Head of State expressed hope that this year, Indonesia can secure a better position.
“This time, we all want us to be on the third, second, or the first place in the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam. It is indeed not easy, but I heard that the selection has been carried out well and we hope that we can make the achievement,” he remarked.
Meanwhile, Minister of Youth and Sports Zainudin Amali in his report said that the Indonesian contingent sent to Vietnam is 776 people, comprising 499 athletes, 214 officials, and 63 chaperones led by the Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee (KOI) Ferry J Kono as Chef de Mission (CdM) and Secretary General of the National Sports Committee of Indonesia (KONI) Ade Lukman as Vice CdM.
These Indonesian athletes will compete in 318 sports contests out of 32 sports.
“For the 31st SEA Games send-off, we implemented a tight selection process, so the review team recommended that 776 people leave for the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam in 2022, consisting of 499 athletes, 214 officials, and 63 chaperones participating in 318 sports contests out of 32 sports,” Zainudin said.
For the record, the 31st SEA Games opening ceremony is slated to be held on May 12 in Vietnam.
The biennial event was set to take place from November 21 to December 2, 2021, but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (TGH/FID/UN) (DH/MUR)