Papua PON a success in terms of execution, achievements: Minister

Papua PON a success in terms of execution, achievements: Minister

Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali during a virtual talk on the Papua XX National Sports Week in Jakarta on Thursday, October 14, 2021. (ANTARA/Sihol Hasugian/my)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali deemed the Papua XX National Sports Week  as a success in terms of implementation and new records and achievements.

As of Thursday, 56 new records were scored in some of the sports at the National Sports Week. This makes the biggest sporting event in the country a success in terms of the achievement.

"In the midst of several doubts cast over the implementation of the Papua XX National Sports Week, we are finally able to answer it by holding a safe and smooth National Sports Week," Amali stated during an online discussion in Jakarta.

According to the minister, the large-scale sports event managed to score 56 new records, both National Sports Week records and world records.

He stressed that this record was an achievement in itself, given the current National Sports Event was hosted amid the pandemic.

According to Amali, the fact that this event was held until then had dispelled existing doubts among people, who were convinced that it would be postponed or even canceled.

“Why is this possible. It is because it is attributed to clear direction and courage of Mr. President Joko Widodo. He said that the National Sports Week must still be hosted, and this is a (time) for us to learn to conduct activities amidst the pandemic," he affirmed.

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For the first time ever in the history of National Sports Week, four coordinating ministers came at once to watch and ensure that the grand event ran smoothly.

This also dispels doubts, concerns, and fears that have lingered prior to the national event.

"On this occasion, allow me to thank all parties, who have worked hand-in-hand for the successful implementation of the Papua XX National Sports Week," he remarked.

Despite complaints from several contingents, the Papua XX National Sports Week committee was quick to address these issues.

General Chairperson of the Central  Executive Board of the Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) Atal S. Depari lauded the Papuan people for extending a warm welcome to all guests at the National Sports Week.

Apart from several records and achievements clocked during the event, he also observed that this National Sports Week served as a unifying medium.

Depari concluded by saying that the Papuan people welcome the contingents of brothers and sisters from other regions with hospitality and joy.
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