Jakarta (ANTARA) - Minister of Youth and Sports, Dito Ariotedjo, sees untapped potential in billiard arenas, believing they can be transformed into training centers for cultivating top talents who can compete internationally.

"Currently, billiard arenas are primarily viewed as recreational spaces," he noted in a statement on Tuesday. "However, they hold immense potential to become centers for developing skilled billiard players."

He said that his ministry proposes a certification program for billiard arenas designated as training centers. This certification process would be conducted jointly by the ministry and the Indonesian Billiards Sports Association (PB POBSI).

"When billiard arenas are certified as training centers, they are not allowed to sell alcohol, play live music, or do similar activities," Ariotedjo explained.

He underscored the importance of certification in ensuring a nationwide distribution of billiards talent.

He also expressed his interest in developing billiard coaching programs to increase the number of Indonesian players competing in major multi-sport events like the SEA Games and Asian Games.

Ariotedjo urged POBSI to create strategic roadmaps for the development of domestic billiards sports.

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