Ministry of Youth and Sports Allocates Rp 36.2 Billion for Indonesia’s Paralympic Preparation in Paris 2024, Targeting 2 Gold Medals

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Rp 36.2 Billion for Indonesia's Paralympic Preparation

LIPUTAN6 EN – The Indonesian Ministry of Youth and Sports (Kemenpora) reaffirmed its commitment to elevating the achievements of disabled athletes by granting Rp 36.2 Billion for Indonesia’s Paralympic Preparation in Paris 2024.

This financial aid will support their preparation for the upcoming Paris 2024 Paralympics. The signing ceremony for the cooperation agreement between Kemenpora and NPC Indonesia took place at the Ministry’s office on Wednesday (March 6, 2024).

Minister of Youth and Sports, Dito Ariotedjo, emphasized that this agreement signifies the government’s concrete commitment to supporting the progress of national sports achievements, including in the field of disability sports.

“This time, the scope of government assistance is crucial for selecting promising athletes and coaches, as well as providing funding for foreign coaching facilities as part of the program to enhance athletic performance,” stated Minister Ariotedjo.

The allocated funds will be distributed among 10 disability sports branches competing in the Paris 2024 Paralympics:

  • Powerlifting
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Boccia
  • Cycling
  • Shooting
  • Archery
  • Judo

A total of 51 athletes, 10 coaches, 10 managers, and 18 supporting staff will benefit from this financial aid.

Minister Ariotedjo emphasized the importance of accountability and targeted allocation of the funds.

“With the government’s support in the form of training and qualification funding, we entrust the NPC to manage these funds with high accountability and ensure everything is targeted appropriately to impact our performance at the upcoming Paris Paralympics,” stressed Minister Ariotedjo.

Furthermore, Minister Ariotedjo expressed his hope that NPC Indonesia can qualify a significant number of athletes for the 2024 Paralympics and elevate the Indonesian contingent’s medal count.

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“We hope the NPC can qualify many athletes for the 2024 Paralympics. We also strongly anticipate an increase in the medal count for the Indonesian contingent, allowing them to shine brightly in Paris,” Minister Ariotedjo continued.

Meanwhile, Chairman of NPC Indonesia, Senny Marbun, explained that as of today, 12 Indonesian athletes have secured their qualification for the Paris 2024 Paralympics.

“The number of athletes qualified for the 2024 Paralympics has reached 12. We are aiming to qualify 27 athletes, who are currently participating in the qualification rounds to gain points for the Paralympics,” stated Senny Marbun.

Senny Marbun also expressed his gratitude for the government’s increasing support for the advancement of disability sports in Indonesia.

“Indeed, our achievements have improved significantly because, as we all know, under President Joko Widodo’s leadership, disability sports have received tremendous support from President Jokowi himself. Before that, our achievements were quite ordinary because sports require funding. Now, in the era of President Jokowi, it’s been remarkable,” said Senny Marbun.

NPC Indonesia has set a target of two gold medals for the Paris 2024 Paralympics. However, Senny Marbun expressed his hope that they can surpass this target.

“Regarding the possibility of exceeding the two gold medals target, I’m stating two gold medals for now. We don’t want to overstep our boundaries. Two gold medals are our initial target. If we can achieve five or more, that would be an extraordinary blessing from God,” said Senny Marbun.

The continuous support Rp 36.2 Billion for Indonesia’s Paralympic Preparation is expected to lead the Indonesian contingent to achieve outstanding results at the Paris 2024 Paralympics, bringing national pride to the international stage.

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