Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has stressed that future athletes from Papua should be trained from an early age, but without abandoning their education in school.
After launching the Papua Football Academy (PFA) at Lukas Enembe Stadium, Sentani, Papua on Wednesday, President Jokowi said Papua has huge potential in sport, not only in football but also in athletics, rowing and various other sports.
“Training at Papua Football Academy starts from 12 to 13 years old, and later they can enter U-14, U-16, U-19, Indonesia national team and the world football team,” Jokowi said. in an online press release monitored from Jakarta.
With such potential, Jokowi called Papua a sporting province. However, he stressed that young potentials from Papua who are being trained should not drop out of school.
Jokowi also praised the PFA and the facilities at the Lukas Enembe stadium. He expected the facility, which was originally built to host the XX National Sports Week (PON XX Papua), to be maintained, so that it can be sustainably optimized for the younger generation. from Papua.
He also expressed his optimism that PFA will provide good sports assistance, so that the athletes produced can surpass the achievements of Papuan sports legends.
“I think the coaches are also very good. The sports facilities and pitches are more than enough, so we are waiting for the results and I’m sure there will be results,” President Jokowi said.
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The government will support the development of young Papuan sports talents through cooperation between high schools in Papua and Japan, an official from the presidential personnel office (KSP) said earlier.
Developing talented young Papuans in sports is very important, said Rini Modouw, KSP’s expert team for human resource development.
“Papua is known as a home for athletes, so we need good mentors and coaches as well as funds (to develop their talent),” she added while signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between two high schools, one in Smankor, Papua, and the other in Yamagata Chuou Gakkou, Japan.
With the signing of the memorandum of understanding, Modouw guaranteed to pay due attention to the building and human resources of the educational institution.
“Thus, we with the Papua Provincial Office of Education and Archives and Smankor Papua will establish a connection, so under the leadership of President Joko Widodo, we will pay attention to the school building,” he said. she declared.
In addition, her office will team up with the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing to develop the Smankor School building in the future, she said.
Modouw said she will forward copies of the memorandum of understanding to the Ministries of Education and Youth and Sports, so that the development of young sports talent can be aligned with education in schools in general.
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