JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo led a ceremony to send off the Indonesian contingent ahead of Tokyo Olympics at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Thursday, July 8.
During the ceremony, which was also attended by the Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali, Jokowi called on the Indonesian athletes to remain vigilant and maintain good health when competing amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Maintain good health, increase your stamina, stay motivated, focus on the match, and focus on your achievement," he said, adding that the Indonesian athletes must promote great sportsmanship.
"Bring medals home and make us proud. I hope all the hard work will bring victory," Jokowi said.
A total of 28 Indonesian athletes, who are accompanied by 17 officials, will compete in eight sports namely athletics, archery, rowing, shooting, badminton, weightlifting, swimming and surfing. The Olympic Games will be held from July 23 to August 10 in Tokyo, Japan.
The President said that all athletes have done their preparations and are ready to compete in the prestigious event.
The Tokyo Olympics was initially scheduled to be held from July 24 to August 9 last year. But, the Olympics committee announced in March last year that the game was postponed due to the spread of coronavirus across the globe.
(Writer: Fitria Chusna Farisa | Editor: Diamanty Meiliana)