Jokowi receives Liliyana Natsir at Merdeka Palace

Jokowi receives Liliyana Natsir at Merdeka Palace

President Joko Widodo (right) along with badminton athlete Liliyana Natsir (left) give a press conference following their meeting at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, on Tuesday (Jan 29, 2019). (ANTARA FOTO/Puspa Perwitasari/pd. (ANTARAFOTO/PUSPA PERWITASARI)

Jakarta, (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) received Liliyana Natsir, a badminton athlete, who was just "hanging rackets," at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday.

President Jokowi, accompanied by Minister of State Pratikno, welcomed Natsir, who was escorted by Minister of Youth and Sports Imam Nahrawi in the front room of the Merdeka Palace at 9:40 WIB.

Furthermore, the president invited Liliyana, familiarly called "Butet," to the main room of the Merdeka Palace along with Pratikno and Nahrawi.

The president and Liliyana spoke for some 30 minutes and then updated the reporters waiting in the front room of the Merdeka Palace.

"Indonesia is very lost over the retirement of Liliyana Natsir. Not only Indonesia but also the world will miss Liliyana," Jokowi stated.

The president said that "Butet" had delivered achievements in various major matches, including the Olympics, World Cup, and other major tournaments.

Jokowi expressed hope that the achievements of "Butet" would inspire junior players to emulate him.

"I said earlier, soon (Butet) will become a civil servant, be a state apparatus, so they can motivate and move to several regions. What will be done to be able to achieve," the president hoped.

Natsir, who in addition to thanking President Jokowi, expressed gratitude for being accepted at the palace and expressed readiness to motivate the younger generation to achieve.

"I am ready to offer motivation, so that the younger generation is more accomplished, and the tradition of winning gold medals at the Olympics can still be retained," Butet added.

Reporting by Joko Susilo,Eliswan Azly
Editing by Suiharto