NOC Indonesia News Update
“Building Indonesian Sports, Together” the message, as NOC Indonesia held Annual Members’ Meeting
 08 Mar 2022
Writer : NOC Team
“Building Indonesian Sports, Together” the message,  as NOC Indonesia held Annual Members’ Meeting - Indonesia Olympic Commitee
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The National Olympic Committee of Indonesia (NOC Indonesia) held their annual Members' Meeting today (8/3) in Serpong, South Tangerang, with the theme "Building Indonesian Sports, Together." Suharso Monoarfa, the Minister of National Development and Planning, officially opened the meeting.

Suharso urged NOC Indonesia to develop Indonesian sports with an industry mindset and approach to make sports a viable career option.

"If we want sports to grow, we need to make sports an industry. Leave behind the conventional ways. Look at football in Europe and basketball in the US. Those sports can boost the economy," said Suharso during his opening remarks.

"As a big country, we are still using conventional approaches. We clapped our hands after the Asian Games and celebrated, but what then? Same with PON (National Sports Week), what's next?" he added.

Suharso also commended the President of NOC Indonesia, Raja Sapta Oktohari, as the head of the WADA Sanction Taskforce. Okto and the task force were able to have WADA's sanction for Indonesian sports lifted within 3.5 months.

On the same occasion, Okto urged all National Federations (NFs) and members of NOC Indonesia to forge closer ties and work together to boost Indonesian sports.

"This year's theme is 'Building Indonesian Sports, Together.' I must underline the word 'Together'  - it will be difficult for Indonesian sports to move forward if we work alone in silos. We need to open our hearts and minds and work together," said Okto,

Okto also reiterated NOC Indonesia's commitment to work for each member and athlete, specifically to increase Indonesia's achievement in international sporting events.

"We will give our best shot so Indonesia's stature in the international sporting world will continue to grow. We will increase our communications with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Association of NOC (ANOC), the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF). We will also conduct more sports diplomacy with International Federations (IFs) and other NOCs to explore partnership opportunities," Okto added.

"I will continue our effort to put more members in international organizations, both in Asia or IFs, so that we can advance Indonesia's interest in the sporting world. I will also bring more world-class events to Indonesia, whether a single-sport, multi-sport, or World Championships," Okto concluded.

Sixty-four ordinary and extraordinary members attended this year's Members' Meeting, held in a hybrid online and in-person format. Later today, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Zainudin Amali, will close the event.