President Jokowi Tells Sports Minister to Build Training Center for Disabled Athletes
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has urged Minister of Youth and Sports Zainudin Amali to build training center equipped with complete facilities for Indonesian para-athletes. In addition to training center, sport centers will also be built in 10 provinces throughout Indonesia.
The directive from the President goes hand in hand with the Grand Design of the National Sports (DBON) that has been set by the Ministry of Sports and Youth as a guideline to carry out a systematic and sustainable coaching for high-performance athletes.
The program reflects the Government’s concern and support for all athletes without any exception.
“Based on the DBON, now we give equal priority for Olympic and Paralympic Athletes,” Zainudin said (19/09).
The equal priority set by the Ministry in the DBON, Zainudin added, will raise the spirit of the Indonesian para-athletes, both those who have joined the national team and those who have not been recruited.
Through the DBON and construction of sport centers all over the country, Zainudin expressed belief that para-athletes scouting and coaching will be easier to carry out.
Furthermore, Zainudin went on to say that if the Government continues to give its concern to para-athletes, people with disabilities who are interested in becoming athletes will be enthusiastic to join national/regional team for para-athletes. (PR of Ministry of Youth and Sports/UN) (AP/MUR)