The swimming world governing body, FINA, will provide scholarships to Indonesian athletes as part of the international federation's support to develop the sport in Indonesia.
It resulted from the meeting between the President of the Olympic Committee of Indonesia, Raja Sapta Oktohari, and FINA President Dr. Husain HAZ Al Musallam in Kuwait.
"We have a positive result from our visit. Indonesia will get three benefits to improve swimming performance: scholarships grant, coaching, and representation in FINA," Okto said Thursday.
FINA offers full scholarships for two athletes - one male and one female - to train in Budapest, Hungary. It will also help Indonesia promote the sport at a grassroots level while also assisting young athletes in developing their skills by sending Indonesia-descent athlete Ranomi Kromowidjoyo of the Netherlands. Indonesia will also have two representatives in FINA.
"With representation in FINA, we hope it will positively impact the sport's development in Indonesia because we know swimming is one of the mother of sports and the Olympic sport," Okto said.
Al Musallam, who also serves as Director-General of the Olympic Council of Asia, welcome the initiative from the Olympic Committee of Indonesia in developing sports in Indonesia.
"I would like to thank you for your visit and support. I appreciate your effort and active role in developing the sports. We commit to ensuring the sport's development in Indonesia," Al Musallam said.
The Committee delegation - comprises Okto, Executive Committee member Jadi Rajagukguk and Vice Secretary-general Daniel Loy - is on a duty tour to promote Indonesian sports and establish cooperation with other NOCs and IFs.