Tafisa fails to break world record of Zumba participants

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The 6th Association for International Sport for All (Tafisa) Games 2016 failed to break the world record for the largest number of participants of Zumba dance because the participants did not reach 13 thousand.

The number of participants of the Zumba dance reached nearly nine thousand people from the targeted participants of at least 13 thousand, according to the event organizer of the Zumba Tafisa Games 2016 Dina Carol here on Sunday.

"Our aim is indeed to break a record. But, I do not want to force anyone to join the Zumba because they are elderly participants who have also taken part in the World Walking Day earlier," Dina stated at the Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran.

Most participants of the Zumba dance participated in the World Walking Day from 06.00 a.m. local time on Sunday, while other participants came late so the number of people who joined the dance did not reach 13 thousand people.

Dina further said, she did not register the Zumba dance activities to the Indonesian Record Museum (MURI) because the preparation of the activity only lasted one and a half months.

According to her, the organizing committee brought Zumba dance instructors from Brazil Jessica Esposito and from Spain Armando Calcedo in a bid to reach the target of the participants.

So far, the world record of the Zumba dance participants is still held by the Philippines with 12,975 people in July 2015.

However, Tafisa Games 2016 successfully broke the world record of kites made of leaves with the size of 500 cm x 430 cm in Jakarta Garden City on Friday

The Tafisa Games 2016 was officially opened by Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla on Saturday night (Oct 8) at the recreational park Taman Impian Jaya Ancol.

Athletes from more than 84 countries are participating in this international sports event.

A total of 54 traditional sports will be played at this international event. The theme of the games is Unity in Diversity, a motto that Indonesia has adopted.

As many as 325 athletes from West Java will represent Indonesia at these 6th Tafisa that will continue till October 12, 2016.

The Tafisa World Sport for All Games 2016 is a community recreational sports competition involving traditional sports and concepts such as adventure, challenge, health and fitness, the West Java provincial governor, Ahmad Heryawan (Aher), explained in Bandung on Wednesday (Oct 5).(*)