Therefore, I hope Minister Ariotedjo can bring new breakthroughs that are stronger, bigger, and more visible
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin called on Minister of Youth and Sports, Dito Ariotedjo, to formulate strategic steps to improve the sports and youth sector during the remaining term of his cabinet until 2024.

"Even though only one and a half years are left, it is enough to take strategic steps," he noted during his working visit to Semarang, Central Java, as quoted from a press release received here, Tuesday.

In the youth sector, the vice president urged Ariotedjo to reorganize and optimize the functions and roles of various youth organizations.

“Many youth organizations are still fragmented. We must be able to optimize the function of youth organizations in the country," he stated.

In the sports sector, Amin called on the newly appointed minister to streamline and complete various sports achievement improvement programs, especially referring to the National Sports Grand Design (DBON) established by the government.

According to Vice President Amin, although sports in Indonesia have begun to be well-organized with the existence of DBON, the sector still need to be supported by a more tangible breakthrough.

"Therefore, I hope Minister Ariotedjo can bring new breakthroughs that are stronger, bigger, and more visible," he affirmed.

He believes that Ariotedjo, as a youth figure, will be more enthusiastic in continuing efforts to increase national sports achievements as outlined in the DBON.

"Usually the young ones are more enthusiastic, especially to continue what has been initiated regarding the issue of sports coaching. I hope he can complete what has been outlined in the DBON and improve the youth sector," he remarked.

Earlier, Ariotedjo spoke of having received three specific directions related to sports from President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

Firstly, the president urged him to efficiently prepare the Indonesian team for the SEA Games and Asian Games.

"There are three points outlined by President Jokowi. In SEA Games and Asian Games, he asked me to prioritize sports that have the potential to win medals. Hence, we have to be efficient to get the best result," he stated.

Secondly, President Jokowi called on Ariotedjo to massively promote sports leagues at the school and college level, including inter-village leagues for the community.

"Third, the president is very concerned and wants the Indonesian sports industry ecosystem to develop and become more established," he stated.

As for the youth sector, the head of state is optimistic that youth development would be prioritized in entrepreneurship and professionalism with the achievement of the youth development index that continues to grow, Ariotedjo noted.

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Editor: Sri Haryati
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