Palembang, South Sumatra, Aug 28 (ANTARA News) - The Executive Board of the Rowing Sports Association of Indonesia (PODSI) will strive to build and develop rowing venues in every region of Indonesia.

PODSI Deputy Chairman Vice Admiral Aan Kurnia remarked at a press conference here on Tuesday that rowing venues similar to the one in Palembang need to be built in other regions in order to develop water sports.

According to Kurnia, Chinese rowing athletes, who dominated the acquisition of gold medals at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang, admitted that their success was facilitated by the good rowing venue of international standards in Palembang.

"The athletes from China, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Korea and several other Asian Games participants said the rowing venue in Palembang is the best of all in several countries they have visited," Kurnia remarked.

He explained that good rowing venues are vital for athletes, who compete, and they said that since the time the rowing sports have been held from Aug 19 and ending September 1, 2018, there were no complaints of any hindrance during their race.

The Palembang JSC rowing venue, which was lauded by the Asian Games participants, became the initial capital to foster talented young athletes and develop water sports.

China managed to bag several gold medals, and apart from a good venue in Palembang, its athletes were also supported by the availability of several rowing venues in the country as a training ground and an arena to compete to test their abilities.

Observing that one of the keys to China`s success being the availability of several rowing venues for training and competition, Kurnia said he will make all-out efforts to build rowing venues similar to the one in Palembang in every region across the country.

"Rowing venues need to be constructed in each region, but the implementation will be carried out in stages, with a priority scale, so that strong rowing athletes can be readied in future," he added. *** 4 ***

Reporting by Yudi Abdullah
Editing by Otniel, Eliswan

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