Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) chaired a limited meeting with several ministers to discuss the readiness to hold the 21st National Sports Week (PON) in Aceh and North Sumatra.

"Today’s limited meeting continued the discussion regarding the preparation for the 21st PON that will be held in the Aceh and North Sumatra provinces on September 8-20, 2024," President Jokowi remarked while opening a limited meeting held at the Merdeka Palace here on Thursday.

At the meeting, the president requested a report from his ministers on the readiness to hold the event, which is only 88 days away.

"It means that there are only 88 days left to make the preparations. I need the report," President Jokowi emphasized.

On that occasion, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy informed that the 2024 PON will feature all sports for the athletes to compete in.

More than 11,600 athletes and 5,800 officials are expected to attend the sports event.

In addition to Effendy, other related ministers also attended the meeting, including Deputy Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy Angela Tanoesoedibjo, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, and Communication and Informatics Minister Budi Arie Setiadi.

PON 2024 is the first edition of PON held in two provinces. All 38 provinces in Indonesia, including the new autonomous regions (DOB) and Nusantara City with defile status, will participate in this year’s PON.

Aceh will host 33 sports categories, 42 sports branches, and 510 matches, which are expected to be attended by 5,636 athletes and 2,572 officials.

Meanwhile, North Sumatra will host 34 sports categories, 46 sports branches, and 528 matches, which are projected to be attended by 6,281 athletes and 3,140 officials.

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Editor: Azis Kurmala
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