Jayapura Mayor Benhur Tommy Mano ensured that Papua was ready to host the XX National Sports Week (PON) and XVI National Paralympic Week (Peparnas) in Papua on 2-15 October.
For information, Jayapura City is one of the cluster locations for the XX PON. The other locations are Jayapura, Mimika and Merauke regencies.
“I informed the governors in 33 Provinces and all athletes that Papua is safe, Papua is peaceful, and Papua is ready to host the PON,” said Benhur when he was a resource person at the Merdeka Barat 9 Forum virtual event with the headline “Peek Readiness of XX Papua PON”, Thursday (24/6).
Therefore, he asked the public not to worry about security issues in Papua. The location of conflict between the Security Forces and an armed criminal group a few months ago is far from the venue or the athlete’s residence. The Security Forces from police and military will keep us safe.
Thus, Benhur ensured that PON Papua could run smoothly thanks to the ongoing implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination in four PON clusters. This is expected to prevent the risk of transmission during the event.
“In accordance with the president’s order that the public must be vaccinated, those who sell accessories must be vaccinated, athletes and those who will watch must also be vaccinated. It was proven in the four clusters, now their enthusiasm for coming to be vaccinated is quite high,” he said.
“We have also sprayed malaria in these four clusters,” he explained.
According to Benhur, the venues in the four PON clusters are 100 percent complete and ready to be used. He hopes that even though Papua PON is physically ready, communication and coordination between the Grand Committee (PB PON) and the local government hosting the PON implementation can run more smoothly so that PON preparation remains optimal.
“The venues in the four clusters are 100 percent ready. The most important thing is that communication, coordination and openness must be done well because this is the biggest sporting event. We are just waiting for the equipment and a test event will be held in August,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Indonesia (Menpora RI) Zainudin Amali said his party was continuing to make preparations for the PON event. So far, there have been no obstacles, both related to physical preparation or venue construction as well as coordination between stakeholders, both the central government and the provincial government and the provincial government and the district government for the cluster city administration.
“So non-physical preparations (coordination) like this are also important. Besides, we prepare physical things such as venue preparation, then preparation of lodging, transportation and various other things. I think that is the way and there are no problems,” said the Minister of Youth and Sports. Amali
In addition, things that have become the responsibility of the central government in this PON event through funding from the APBN both at the Kemenpora, the Ministry of PUPR and at the Ministry of Transportation have certainly been allocated.
“I think it has been allocated, as well as what is the responsibility of the government, both provincial and city districts. I think if asked what kind of preparation in the field, of course we will coordinate, we will have people from the Ministry of Youth and Sports who we take turns assigning them to 3 clusters it,” he said.
In addition to the procurement of sports equipment and facilities, the Minister of Youth and Sports also said that the government through the Ministry of Health had administered vaccines to athletes from a contingent of 33 provinces participating in XX PON in Papua. In fact, people around the venue with a radius of two-thirds have been vaccinated.
The Minister of Youth and Sports is also optimistic that Papua will be able to host PON XX and Peparnas XVI.
He asked the public to come to Papua and not be affected by negative Papuan news, especially related to security. “So I don’t think there is a problem because there are reports and so on and this must be clarified,” he concluded.