Jokowi Gives IDR 5.5 Billion Bonus to Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Gold Medal Winners

President Joko Widodo expressed his appreciation for the achievements of the athletes in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics which just ended on September 5. Jokowi, the President’s nickname, said that he was proud of the struggle and hard work shown by the athletes in the four-year event.

“And also thank you for the gold medal given in badminton, not just one gold, but two gold straight away. This is a leap and you are able to prove you can and are able to compete in the global arena, and congratulations also to the champions, who have presented both silver and bronze medals,” said Jokowi in his meeting with athletes at the Presidential Palace, Bogor, Friday (17/9).

Indonesia is in position 43 in the list of final medals at the Tokyo Paralympics by winning two gold, three silver and four bronze. Two gold medals were won in badminton in women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

For this achievement, the government gave a bonus to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic athletes who won gold medals of Rp. 5.5 billion, and Rp. 2.5 billion to silver medalists. For the bronze medalists themselves, the bonus given is Rp. 1.5 billion. Jokowi also ensured that the government will still provide bonuses for athletes who have not won medals in the event.

“Hopefully this achievement can be an inspiration and motivation for all of us for athletes and the people of Indonesia to continue to work hard to achieve achievements, to give the best for the nation and the country. And also don’t neglect to prepare yourself, remember that the Paralympics in France are only 3 years away because in 2024 and we hope that in the 2024 Paralympics we can win medals and even higher achievements,” he said.

President Joko Widodo expressed his appreciation to the athletes who participated in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics at a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, on September 17, 2021. (Photo: Presidential Secretariat Press Bureau/Lukas)

President Joko Widodo expressed his appreciation to the athletes who participated in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics at a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, on September 17, 2021. (Photo: Presidential Secretariat Press Bureau/Lukas)

Big Leap

Minister of Youth and Sports (Menpora) Zainudin Amali revealed that at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, Indonesia sent 23 athletes and participated in seven sports. According to him, getting the medal is a big leap for the Indonesian paralympic contingent.

“Previously, Indonesia was only able to send nine athletes and participate in four sports (at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics in Brazil in 2016) with one bronze medal from the weight lifting sport and placing Indonesia at 76th in the world,” said Zainudin.

Furthermore, Zainudin explained that related to the development and preparation of Indonesia in participating in multi-sport events at the world level, both in the Olympic and Paralympic events, the focus will be on sports that have the potential to produce medals. He said this was in accordance with what was stated in Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 86 of 2021 on the Great Design of National Sports.

He hopes that the Presidential Regulation will be able to improve the development of sports achievements, governance and the national sports ecosystem for the better in the future.

“We need to report that in the Grand Design of National Sports, the government has also given an equal place between the development of Olympic or non-disabled athletes with Paralympic athletes or athletes with disabilities and will facilitate both in the same way. Previously, these disabled athletes felt marginalized, now they feel confident that they are emerging because they are equal to non-disabled athletes,” he concluded.

Hary Susanto and Leani Ratri Oktila of Indonesia celebrate their victory against Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel of France at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. (Photo: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)

Hary Susanto and Leani Ratri Oktila of Indonesia celebrate their victory against Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel of France at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. (Photo: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)

The gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics was presented by the couple Leani Ratri Oktila and Khalimatus Sadiyah in the women’s doubles badminton SL3/SU5. Leani repeated her success by winning gold with Hary Susanto in the mixed doubles.

Leani became the athlete with the most medals after she also completed her collection of achievements with a silver medal in the women’s singles event. This achievement was also followed by Dheva Anrimusthi in the men’s singles number SU5 badminton. In the weightlifting branch, Ni Nengah Widiasih, who previously won a bronze medal at the 2016 Paralympics, improved her performance with silver in Tokyo.

Meanwhile, the bronze medals were contributed by Saptoyogo Purnomo from athletics, David Jacobs from table tennis and Suryo Nugroho and Fredy Setiawan from badminton men’s singles. (gi/rs)

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