NOC Indonesia News Update 22 Feb 2021
As the Indonesian Swimming Federation Congress looms large, President of the Indonesian Olympic Committee, Raja Sapta Oktohari, thanked the federation for its achievements under the leadership of Anindya Novyan Bakrie and hopes Anindya to be re-elected.
Okto said that under Anindya PRSI made new history by taking water polo's gold medal home in the 2019 SEA Games and broke Singapore's 42 years domination in the discipline.
"I witnessed a history when Indonesia beat Singapore, who were undefeated for 42 years. It's an achievement that nobody can denied and there are many achievements that PRSI can make in the future," Okto said on Monday.
The Indonesian Swimming Federation officials came to the Indonesian Olympic Committee headquarter to report their program and achievement during four-year period. They were welcomed by Okto, Secretary General Ferry J. Kono, Vice Secretary General Wijaya M. Noeradi, executive committee members Teuku Arlan Perkasa Lukman, Jadi Rajagukguk, Rafiq Hakim Radinal and Indra Gamulya. PRSI officials also had brief tour of the headquarter.
Besides thanking the federation for its achievements, Okto also asked PRSI to be more active in the international scene, in the Asian Swimming Federation, AASF, and world swimming governing body, FINA, as Okto said as the fourth most population country, Indonesia should have confidence to play more significant role in the international sports federations.
"We're fortunate to have a federation chairman like Anindya, who also loves swimming. With a chairman who loves and has big passion in the sport, God willing, we'll have better achievements. The committee would like to thank and congratulate PRSI. We hope PRSI can give the best results for Indonesia, and Anindya is the good and right person to lead PRSI in the future," told Okto.
Though having good achievements, Anindya said there is more room for improvement in the future, especially to support Indonesia's Olympic bid.
"PRSI has five disciplines. Besides swimming, there are still water polo, diving, synchronized swimming, and open water swimming. So, it takes a strong organization and good planning. It's a great honor to have support from you and especially from the President of the Indonesian Olympic Committee. We must be working together to bring the Red and White flag at the top and make us proud," he said.
He added that PRSI will give its full support to Indonesia's 2032 Olympic bid as it will bring forward Indonesia's name and the country has good infrastructure after hosting the 2018 Asian Games and Asian Para Games.
"Year 2032 is the right time. We will prepare our athletes, so we won't be spectators, but also fight for medals. We will give full support," Anindya said.