NOC Indonesia News Update 29 Mar 2022
President of the Olympic Committee of Indonesia Raja Sapta Oktohari is awarded the Special Order of Merit by the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) during the ACC Congress in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Sunday.
Okto received the award from President of UCI David Lappartient and ACC President Osama Al Shafar. The award is given for Okto's service in cycling in Indonesia and Asia.
"Raja Sapta Oktohari has been a champion of cycling as ICF President and even more so now as NOC Indonesia President. His contribution and hard work are crucial for the sport's development in recent years," said Lappartient.
"I'm proud to present the Special Order of Merit award to my dear friend, Okto, the President of NOC Indonesia. The award is a recognition of his work and achievement. We thank him for his continuous effort to develop cycling, not only in Indonesia but also in Asia and the world."
Okto was elected as the Indonesian Cycling Federation chairman in 2015. He revamped the organization and focused on six aspects: athletes, trainers, commissaire, events, venues, and organization. In 2016, Indonesia qualified for the Olympic BMX event for the first time.
In the 2017 Asian Cycling Confederation congress, Okto was elected as a Management Committee member and nominated as the UCI Management Committee member from Asia. Last year, he was appointed as the ACC Senior Vice-President.
"I'm grateful for the Special Order of Merit award. I didn't do this for my own interest but for my beloved country Indonesia and the Red and White flag. I'm nothing without help from my colleagues."
It's the second award for Okto after the Order of Merit award for the Olympic Committee of Indonesia from the Asia Hockey Federation earlier this month.