16 Indonesian athletes who will compete at the International Multi Event, ANOC World Beach Games 2019 were released Tuesday (7/10) afternoon. The release of the Indonesian contingent to Qatar was carried out by Plt. Menpora Hanif Dhakiri. This year’s ANOC World Beach Games is the first event to compete with 14 sports. Three sports will be followed by Indonesia, like basketball, beach volleyball, and karate.
Quoted from Nusantaratv.com, Hanif expects support from the community so that the athletes who competed in the 2019 World Beach Games can make the name of the Indonesian people proud.
“Of course we hope that the Indonesian people will support Indonesian athletes who will compete in the 2019 World Beach Games so that they can make the name of the Indonesian people proud. We believe with all the training that has been done, our athletes can show their achievements in the eyes of the world. Because “I would like to thank all those who have been involved in the preparation of all Indonesian athletes so that we can send a contingent at the 2019 World Beach Games,” said Hanif.
Aside from being a form of Indonesian participation in the international arena, the 2019 World Beach Games is expected to be a funnel for Indonesians who are trying to host the 2032 Olympics. Previously, Indonesia had successfully hosted the 2018 Asian Games.
“Indonesia’s participation in World Beach Games 1 in 2019 will be part of improving sports achievements as well as in order to socialize Indonesia’s position as host of the upcoming 2032 Olympics,” said Hanif who was accompanied by Chairman of the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) Erick Thohir, as quoted by Media Indonesia.
The release of the Indonesian contingent was symbolically carried out by handing over the red and white flag from Hanif Dhakiri to Hellen Sarita de Lima as Chef de Missiom (CdM) World Beach Games 2019. In his remarks, Hanif thanked all parties who had been involved in the preparation of the athletes.
“We believe with all the training that has been done, our athletes can show their achievements in the eyes of the world. Therefore, I thank all those who have been involved in the effort to prepare all Indonesian athletes so that we can send a contingent at the World Beach Games 2019, “he said.