PON XX Papua Describes the Progress of Cenderawasih Earth

The XX National Sports Week (PON) 2021 in Papua was officially opened on Saturday (2/10) night, at the Lukas Enembe Stadium, Jayapura, Papua, by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi). According to Jokowi, holding the largest national-scale sports event in Papua illustrates progress on the Earth of Cenderawasih. One of them is the existence of the Lukas Enembe Stadium which is claimed to be the best stadium in Asia Pacific.

“This PON illustrates the progress of Papua. It shows the readiness of infrastructure in Papua and the readiness of the community to organize big events to excel in the national and international arena,” he said.

Jokowi assessed that the Lukas Enembe Stadium was not the only symbol of Papua’s progress. The connectivity of the sea, land, air, airports, ports, highways, as well as the development of Papua’s human resources are other achievements of the progress of the Earth of Cenderawasih which is very proud.

President Jokowi accompanied by the Minister of Investment/Head of the Investment Coordinating Board Bahlil Lahadalia and TNI Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto arrived at Sentani Airport, Jayapura Regency, Papua Province, Friday (01/10/2021) afternoon.  (Photo: Courtesy/BPMI

President Jokowi accompanied by the Minister of Investment/Head of the Investment Coordinating Board Bahlil Lahadalia and TNI Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto arrived at Sentani Airport, Jayapura Regency, Papua Province, Friday (01/10/2021) afternoon. (Photo: Courtesy/BPMI

“The achievements of Papuan youth must be nurtured and developed,” he said.

Jokowi continued, PON XX in Papua also has great meaning for all Indonesian people. The reason is, PON is often used as a stage for unity, togetherness, brotherhood, equality, and justice to move forward, and prosper together within the framework of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.

“Let’s welcome this PON with joy in upholding sportsmanship, strengthening brotherhood, togetherness, equality, and national unity and integrity. Rest assured that Papua’s progress will go fast. Let’s show our participation to ensure the success of the XX PON,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Papua, Lukas Enembe, said that the PON event in Papua had passed many evaluations. PON Papua will also be the glue of the unity of the Republic of Indonesia.

“From the Land of Papua, I will show all friends throughout the archipelago that we Papuan people will always be an inseparable part of Indonesia. Because red and white will always be in our hearts and souls,” he said.

General Chairperson of the Central Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI), Marciano Norman, explained that the XX PON event was attended by 34 provincial contingents with 6,116 athletes and 923 Papuan hosts.

“By competing in 37 sports consisting of 56 disciplines and 681 match numbers, competing for 681 gold medals, 681 silver and 877 bronze,” he explained.

Norman said that the XX Papua PON is held in four clusters, including Jayapura City, Jayapura Regency, Mimika, and Merauke. Meanwhile, 45 venues with national standards and some of them with international standards were used in the XX Papua PON.

The Papuan Police have secured the arrival of chess, wrestling and fencing athletes at Jayapura airport, Saturday (25/9).  (Courtesy: Papuan Police)

The Papuan Police have secured the arrival of chess, wrestling and fencing athletes at Jayapura airport, Saturday (25/9). (Courtesy: Papuan Police)

“Including the Lukas Enembe Stadium, which is used for the opening ceremony of PON XX and will end on October 15, 2021,” he said.

The XX Papua PON match has started on September 22, 2021. The temporary standings for the medals until before the opening tonight are DKI Jakarta 28 gold medals, Papua 17 (gold medals), West Java 11 (gold medals).

Still said Norman, all activities in the implementation of PON XX Papua are carried out with the implementation of health protocols (prokes) strictly.

“This aims to show that Indonesia can apply discipline and comply with the prokes so that we can organize PON events properly,” he said.

“The success of organizing PON can be used as a revival of sports achievements in particular and the rise of the Indonesian nation from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Norman added. [aa/ah]

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