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Jokowi targets eighth position at Asian Para Games

Kamis 27 Sep 2018 18:00 WIB

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President Joko Widodo (white shirt) accompanied by Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi (second right) and Chief De Mission Asian Para Games Arminsyah (right), Inapgoc chairman Raja Sapta Oktohari (left) reviews lawn ball practice at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Thursday (Sept 27),

President Joko Widodo (white shirt) accompanied by Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi (second right) and Chief De Mission Asian Para Games Arminsyah (right), Inapgoc chairman Raja Sapta Oktohari (left) reviews lawn ball practice at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Thursday (Sept 27),

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Asian Para Games 2918 to be held in Jakarta and Palembang from Oct 6 to 13.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is targeting eighth position for the Indonesian team at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta. He noted that missing the target was not an issue, especially since it is set higher.

"It is okay to come in the top eight. There is no problem to reach the top four. Missing the target should not be the case because of the achievement being lower but it should be higher," Jokowi stated after reviewing a sitting volleyball exercise at the Gelora Bung Karno Complex in Senayan, Jakarta, Thursday.

Jokowi admitted to have reviewed the training of Indonesian athletes, who will compete in the 2018 Asian Para Games. "I also observed the badminton training. We also saw the shooting one, and this time I saw the hard training of the sitting volleyball athletes," he noted.

The 2018 Asian Para Games Organizing Committee (Inapgoc) had earlier expressed readiness to carry out these activities in Jakarta and its surroundings on October 6-13, 2018. Inapgoc Chairperson Raja Sapta Oktohari stated after a limited cabinet meeting at the Bogor Palace on Friday that the Inapgoc had reported on the readiness to the president.

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According to Oktohari, the Indonesian people, especially Inapgoc, are ready to receive guests for the 2018 Asian Para Games. "There are some five thousand athletes and officials of which 1,100 are wheelchair users, eight thousand volunteers, five thousand field workers, and 800 national and international media representatives," he revealed.

Meanwhile, Minister of Youth and Sports Imam Nahrawi noted that the Asian Games were held at the Bung Karno Stadium, JIExpo Kemayoran, and Sentul Circuit. "We hope our ranking would rise from ninth to seventh, with the acquisition of 16-19 medals from 18 sports," he added.

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