SOLO, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesia Minister of Youth and Sports Imam Nahrawi is optimistic that the Indonesian National Paralympic Committee (NPC) can win in the gold medal collection at the 2017 ASEAN Para Games (APG) in Malaysia on 17-23 September.
"I am sure Indonesia’s contingent can be the overall champion at the 2017 ASEAN Para Games in Malaysia, with a target of 107 gold medals," Imam Nahwari said after releasing Indonesia’s NPC Indonesia contest in Solo, as quoted by Antara on Tuesday (9/12/2017).
The Minister, who shook hands with the entire NPC contingent, admitted to feeling the strong competition spirit flowing from the athletes. They are enormously excited about competing for the Indonesian flag as a symbol of the country.
Therefore, the athletes are expected to bring out their best, be sportive and fair play, and be honest and humble in winning medals. The foundation of the sport is sportsmanship, so that the champion get gold medal not for cheating.
"This foundation should be really used by athletes, we believe the athletes will not falter in their faith despite a lot of pressure while competing in the country," he said.
Imam Nahrawi also asked the trainers and officials who accompany the athletes to fully support them, so none of the athletes feel bad about their shortcomings.
In addition, his report from NPC Indonesia has a determination to become the overall champion in APG Malaysia. This, of course, results from a long process through training the athletes at national camp level to excel and become the best.
The Minister added that the opportunities that are in sight can be put to good use to become the overall champion.
He added that athletes from Indonesia’s NPC should take the 2017 ASEAN Para Games as preparation for the 2018 Asian Paragames in Palembang.
"At Asian Paragames 2018, we will be more focused on brining the best athletes from Indonesia," he said.