The success of the Indonesian team in the water polo sport at the 2019 SEA Games by breaking the gold medal record became an inspiration so that this aquatic sport could be maintained and its achievements improved.
As is known, the Indonesian water polo team has just made history with a gold medal at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines. In 2018 on the Asian Games stage, Indonesian water polo also successfully penetrated the last eight.
The two achievements are considered as the right momentum to be able to boost water polo sports in the country. One of them, is the title of the Water Polo League which will be held for the first time in Indonesia.
The Chairperson of the Water Polo League, Wisnu Wardhana, said that the league will start on March 3, 2020, and is temporary for Jakarta with a 16-year age group.
“The age of 16 years is very fitting so that later in 2032 it will reach golden age 27-28 years. If Indonesia succeeds in winning the bidding to host the 2032 Olympics, then we are prepared to form a national team from an early age,” Wisnu said in a press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday , February 18, 2020, as quoted from tempo.co
Besides Wisnu, a press conference session at the Aquatic Stadium was attended by PB PRSI WSIum Harlin E Rahardjo, PB PRSI Water Polo Komtek Dean Baldwin, and administrators from DKI Jakarta PRSI.
As stated by national water polo coach Dean Baldwin, the U-16 Water Polo League plan will take place at the Bung Karno Aquatic Stadium in Jakarta.
“We are not dreaming, but we have big plans to form a strong water polo national team. Not only in Jakarta, we will also make the Water Polo League in several other big cities,” added Dean, who successfully delivered the water polo national team to win gold at the 2019 SEA Games. The Philippines.
The nine teams that will compete in the Water Polo League are Jaq, Pari Sakti, Millennium Aquatic, Indonesia Star Aquatic, Bina Taruna, Tirta Kencana 78, Kusuma Harapan, Tirta Taruna, Sea Horse.
This league is in the title starting March 3, 2020 and competes once a week.
“The schedule is every Tuesday night at 19:00 to 21:00 WIB for 11 weeks. And the final round is held after Lebaran,” Dean said.
While Harlin E Rahardjo said that the Water Polo League will be a positive medium in the ongoing development of water polo in Indonesia.
“The first people know first and water polo is getting more popular. Then along with the League, there will be a lot of water polo seeds. This is good for water polo coaching, because we also want to make a new history of maintaining the water polo gold medal at the SEA Games. 2021, “Harlin said in a PRSI release.