Pencak silat sports become their own attention on the strands of the Asian-Jakarta Games 2018 in Palembang. The event held since August 18th successfully contributed the most gold medals to Indonesia.
Although it had caused protests from other countries, the 14 gold medals from 16 numbers contested made Indonesia the overall champion of pencak silat. This also helped to elevate Indonesia’s position in the ranking of medals to fourth. Only China, Japan and South Korea are above Indonesia. However, the pencak silat sport is threatened not to be competed at the Olympics 2020. The existence of Pencak Silat itself at the last Asian Games was indeed the first time after obtaining permission from the Asian Olympic Council.
One of the gold medal contributors at the Asian Games 2018, Iqbal Chandra Pratama dreams that the sport he carries out could be contested in the upcoming Olympics. He stated this when met in Yogya, Saturday, October 27th, 2018.
“We hope that with the government’s attention getting better, then pencak silat can penetrate the Olympics,” he said, quoted by Tempo. Earlier this week, Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi visited the Netherlands to attend a meeting of the World Pencak Silat Federation in The Hague. The agenda of the meeting is to encourage pencak silat to be competed at the Olympic level.
Iqbal said that the government’s attention in fighting for the original Indonesian pencak silat to be able to enter the world championship is indeed highly anticipated. “It is not meant that pencak silat has less attention, but we just can’t (bring Pencak Silat) through the Olympics,” he said.
Thus what is meant by attention is not only about fostering athletes in the region, but also about the sport itself in order to grow. Iqbal claimed that his activities after the Asian Games ended this year and would focus on continuing his dormant studies while managing work as a prospective civil servant as compensation for his achievements.
“For this year, I will take a break from the first match, but still practice,” he said. Iqbal still does the exercise because he still wants to be his regional representative in East Kalimantan in the Pre-National Sports Week (PON) and PON events in 2019-2020.
“If you can still enter, I also want to be able to participate again in the SEA 2019 Games, if there is indeed a class that I can compete in,” he said. Iqbal himself won gold through class D, 60 kg – 65 kilograms of men at the 2018 Asian Games.