The Ministry of Youth and Sports (Kemenpora) officially held a national tournament titled the 2020 Menpora Cup, starting Monday, 17 August 2020. This tournament was attended by no less than 14 thousand young athletes from all over Indonesia.
The 14,000 athletes are members of 2,048 teams, which are divided into various categories, from junior high school students, high school students to university students.
Menpora Zainudin Amali explained that the 2020 Menpora Esports Cup is an effort to develop and advance Esports, which is currently on the rise in the country. From this championship, the Minister of Youth and Sports hopes to bring forth new talents from Indonesian esports, who in the future can carry the name of the Indonesian nation.
“Since the beginning, Kemenpora has committed to support Esports in order to develop and bring achievements to Indonesia,” said Menpora Zainudin Amali, as quoted from Liputan6.com.
“When the pandemic (Covid-19) occurred, I saw that Esports was even more popular. Therefore, I initiated an esports competition with the aim of attracting talented young talents,” he added.
Following the standard health protocol from the government, all series of the 2020 Menpora Esports Cup will be 100% carried out online, without involving any physical contact, as well as the presence of the audience.
Zainudin Amali added that currently the government really understands that Esports is being loved among young people. Therefore, continuous and directed development of Esports is very important. One of them is presenting continuous competition.
“We are happy that the interest in the 2020 Menpora Esports Cup is very positive. This is what needs to be our common concern so that in the future efforts and cooperation to advance Esports can be carried out simultaneously, thus bringing achievements to Indonesia in the future,” he concluded.