“Miracle” of Papua in the midst of Indonesia’s Unequal Sports

goodmorningpapua.com – It is undeniable that sports facilities on the island of Java are more adequate than other parts of Indonesia.

Despite the fact that there are many talented young people and athletes born from outside Java, almost all of the national level trainings are conducted in Java.

On the other hand, the dominance of the contingents from Java at the National Sports Week (PON) is another proof.

The greatest breakthrough was the emergence of the Papuan contingent which was able to penetrate the top four, an achievement that had not occured in the previous two editions of PON. The appearance  of Papua in the fourth position opened the eyes of contingents outside Java to “break” the dominance of the contingents of West Java, DKI Jakarta, East Java, and Central Java.

This is because the four contingents always occupy the top four in the final standings of PON 2012 and 2016. Based on these data, it is clear that Indonesian sports are still not evenly distributed.

The Minister of Youth and Sports (Menpora) RI, Zainudin Amali, understands this. “The emergence of Papua as ranked fourth is extraordinary with all their efforts,” said Zainudin Amali through the official website of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. “Hopefully this will be a sign of improving facilities and coaching outside Java,” he continued.

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In the future, he continued, the implementation of PON will focus outside Java. The goal is none other than equality. “The implementation of this PON is distributed (to every province) for equal distribution of sports facilities in Indonesia. By holding the PON and rotating the hosts, the seeds of achievement will emerge,” he hoped.

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