The Ministry of Youth and Sports kicked off the Socialization of Law No. 11 (2022) regarding Sports on Monday (13/6). In attendance from the National Olympic Committee of Indonesia (NOC Indonesia) were President of NOC Indonesia, Raja Sapta Oktohari along with Secretary General Ferry Kono, and Vice Secretary General, Wijaya Noeradi.
Minister of Youth and Sports, Zainudin Amali, opened the event. He emphasizes that within the new law, its core spirit is the National Sports Grand Design (Desain Besar Olahraga Nasional/DBON).
In the previous SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam - Indonesia implemented DBON in selecting athletes and sports for Southeast Asia's biennial multi-sports event. While the number of athletes are relatively small (499 athletes), 82 percent of the athletes won a medal, with Indonesia finishing the Games in third place with a total of 241 medals won.
Minister Zainudin believes that the new law needs to be known by the public at large. He also thinks the new law is necessary to face the challenges of the sports' world.
"We will move forward with this new law, along with Presidential Rule No. 86 regarding DBON, and we will implement them gradually," said Zainudin.
"The development in sports are tremendous, we need to adapt quickly otherwise we will be left behind. Whether in Southeast Asia, Asia or even globally. We need to accelarate this process so Indonesia can achieve its goal, finishing in the top five of medals' tally by our 100th anniversary (2045), which needs to happen by 2044," Zainudin added.
President of NOC Indonesia, Raja Sapta Oktohari, believes that the new law is the perfect moment to accelarate Indonesia's sporting achievement.
"We hope this moment will accelerate the development of sports in Indonesia," said Okto.
"We are grateful to be awarded by the President for our achievement in the last SEA Games. He also spoke about statistics regarding our team and achievement, so this will be a new benchmark for us in managing and sending athletes for competitions," Okto added.
"We could not achieve what we set out to do without the cooperation of every stakeholders in Indonesian sports," Okto concluded.
The socialization event consist of several panel discussions including: developing sports with technology, significance of the new law on Indonesia's sporting achievement, and projecting policies with the release of the new law.