Governor Enembe said PON XX Papua ended with a closing event and the next PON will be held in 2024 in Aceh-North Sumatra.
"We will separate from the eastern horizon where the sun rises, the land of Papua. We will meet again in the twenty-first PON on the western horizon, where the sun sets, Aceh and North Sumatra," he announced.
Enembe also congratulated the general champions of Papua PON— West Java province.
He said he hoped that the success of West Java will be an inspiration for other provinces to achieve many wins in the next PON.
"Congratulations to the province that won the general champion at the 2021 PON XX Papua; hopefully, the achievement can move other provinces on the next PON," Enembe said.
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At this year's PON at Papua, the West Java contingent managed to hold on to its general champion title with a collection of 133 gold medals, 105 silver medals, and 115 bronzes.
The Jakarta contingent came second with 110 gold medals, 91 silver medals, and 100 bronzes. Meanwhile, third place was claimed by the East Java team, which collected 110 golds, 89 silvers, and 88 bronzes.
Meanwhile, Papua, the home team, collected 93 gold medals, 66 silver medals, and 102 bronzes to rank fourth.
The closing ceremony featured performances such as Aceh and North Sumatra traditional dances and famous Indonesian band, NOAH. Vice President Ma'ruf Amin officially closed the biggest sports event in the country.
More than seven thousand athletes competed in 37 sports and 56 disciplines at the PON.
The next PON will be held in Aceh and North Sumatra in 2024.
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