NOC Indonesia is successful in its effort to boost the achievement of Indonesian athletes, having seen its request for sparring partners approved by the International Judo Federation (IJF).
During a meeting in Budapest, Hungary - the President of NOC Indonesia, Raja Sapta Oktohari, met with Marius Vizer, the President of IJF. During the meeting, the former relayed a message from Indonesian Judo National Federation (PB PJSI) President Maruli Simanjuntak for the IJF to send sparring partners for Indonesian judokas.
"We discussed the progress of Indonesian judo and how to boost our athletes' achievements. Marius agrees to send sparring partners to Indonesia. We will confirm when exactly, but Marius wants to help our judokas and boost their achievements," said Okto on Thursday (16/12).
This request directly follows the Memorandum of Understanding signed between NOC Indonesia and the IJF back in September. This partnership is part of NOC Indonesia's Olympic Champions program backed by the Grand Design of National Sports initiatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
NOC Indonesia and the IJF commit to working together in sports education, social activities, marketing, and media. IJF will support Indonesian judokas by providing four scholarships, two each to Europe and Japan, for a period of intensive training leading to Paris 2024.
The possibility of holding international judo events was also part of the discussion between the two organizations.
"We talked about holding a Grand Slam in Indonesia and enhancing the training program. Marius wants to visit Indonesia, to see PJSI's training camp in Ciloto, West Java," Okto concludes.