"I ask for all athletes to maintain this achievement, as there are two upcoming sport events, including the 2019 SEA Games and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan," he said in the Senayan Indoor Tennis Court in Jakarta, Sunday.
He said, his duty as head of the Indonesian contingent has completed when the athletes entered the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium (GBK) to attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games.
Syafruddin also said, he will return the athletes to the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI), the Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports (Kemenpora).
He had intentionally gathered all athletes at the Senayan Indoor Tennis court before the closing ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games, so that he could chat with each one of them, and could meet with several journalists.
In response to his wishes, one of the martial arts athletes, Hanifan said he was optimistic that he could maintain his best title, and bring Indonesia`s pride at the world level.
"By God`s grace (Insya Allah) we are optimistic that we can maintain and become better at the world level," Hanifan added.
Reporting by A Malik Ibrahim
Editing by Aria Cindyara, Bustanuddin