The Province of Papua again will enjoy Indonesia’s media spotlight as it will host the 16th National Para Games (Peparna) on November 2-15 after its great success of organising the 20th National Games (PON) on October 2-15.
Unlike PON, which featured 37 events taking place in Jayapura City and the districts of Jayapura, Mimika, and Merauke, the Peparnas will be co-hosted by Jayapura City and Jayapura District and features 12 events.
The previous National Game (PON) united 6,400 athletes and 3,500 officials from 34 provinces across Indonesia, and this time Para Game will get 1,935 athletes and 740 officials from all the provinces.
The athletes will compete in weightlifting, Cerebral Palsy football, judo, badminton, athletics, chess, shooting, swimming, archery, boccia, table tennis, and wheelchair tennis to secure medals for their provinces.
One of the athletes competing in Papua’s para games is Leani Ratri Oktila, Indonesia’s para badminton player who secured two gold medals, and one silver medals in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Various provinces have prepared the departure of their athletes for Papua. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, for instance, had flagged off the capital city’s contingent at the Ragunan Sports Center’s Plaza Amphiteater on October 29.
The Indonesian police, military, and State Intelligence Agency (BIN) have been making their utmost efforts to secure and safeguard the convening of the multisport event as they had successfully done during PON.
Co-hosted by Jayapura city and the districts of Jayapura, Mimika, and Merauke in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the multi-sport event was strategic for Indonesia and Papua.
The event convincingly demonstrated to Indonesians and the international community that Papua is safe and secure, and, therefore, is ready to host large-scale events, Prabowo remarked.
“These all can have happened due to the hard works of TNI, police, and various elements of society,” he said.
Prabowo also touched upon how both police and TNI managed to stop criminal groups seeking to disrupt Papua’s PON. As a result, the event ran in a safe and secure manner, Prabowo said.
The hard works of TNI, police, and various elements of society are again expected to ensure that the 16th National Para Games can be convened in a secure and safe manner as the 20th PON.
Source: Antara News