RI, Aus join forces to unlock national sporting potential
The Australian Embassy and the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) have teamed up to provide Indonesia’s top sports figures with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and develop their skills to unlock Indonesia’s sporting potential.
In the latest sports seminar hosted by the Australian Embassy, visiting Australian experts, Ian Ford, Director of the Northern Territory Institute of Sport (NTIS) and Gary Dawson, Head of the Institute’s
Biomechanics and Skill Analysis Division, spoke about biomechanics, skill acquisition and performance analysis and the role of the NTIS in the Australian Sports System, the embassy said in a release received by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.
Indonesian seminar attendees, including coaches, administrators, physiotherapists, professors, doctors and teachers, traveled from as far as Aceh, Kalimantan and Papua, representing mainstream sports such as soccer and badminton, as well as traditional Indonesian sports such as Pencak Silat.
Secretary General of KOI, Arie Ariotedjo, said in the release: “We can learn from the Australian sports system. Australia has proven that through strategic planning and investment in sports science and grassroots sports, a nation’s performance on the international sports stage can improve dramatically. Despite a population of only 22 million, Australia performed exceptionally well in recent Olympic Games, finishing in the top six on the medal tally since Sydney 2000.
“We have been working closely with the Australian Embassy over the past 12 months on a number of initiatives, and I am confident that these will positively impact Indonesia’s preparations for the South East Asian [SEA] Games in the short term, as well as our long-term sporting future.”
“The International Olympic Committee demonstrated its support for our partnership with the Australian Embassy by contributing $30,000 through the Olympic Solidarity Program. This enables us to offer a series of seminars and workshops over the next twelve months,” he added.
Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Greg Moriarty strongly values the strengthening sports cooperation between Australia and Indonesia.
“Sport is an excellent way to build bridges and develop stronger people-to-people links with our Indonesian neighbors. The sport seminars and the Indonesian delegation’s visit to Australia are great examples of this ongoing cooperation.
“The support shown by Indonesia’s sports sector for the seminars has been overwhelming and we will continue working closely with KOI to provide further opportunities,” said Moriarty.