This year, Jakarta Provincial Government is optimistic to achieve the overall champion in the event of 2013 National Student Games (Popnas). Moreover, Jakarta will be the host in the event.
Head of Jakarta Sports and Youth Department, Ratiyono said Jakarta contingent targets for the overall championship title in Popnas this year, considering Jakarta only ranked at second position in the previous Popnas in Pekanbaru. “This year our target is the overall champion,” he stated, Sunday (8/25).
There are few sports which will be contested at the Popnas. They are athletics, weightlifting, basketball, indoor volleyball, karate, judo, boxing, martial arts, taekwondo, wrestling, swimming, badminton, sepak takraw and football. “Our strength is evenly in each sport,” expressed Ratiyono.
As the host, he was also ready to implement the event. A while ago, Jakarta also became the host in the event of SEA Games. “All venues are ready,” he told.
There are at least 50 thousands of athletes who will participate in the event. Every contingent has prepared between 250-330 athletes. “Jakarta itself has prepared 330 athletes to compete with other athletes in 16 sports,” he explained.
2013 Popnas event will take place on September 14-20, 2013 or a week. All venues are ready where they have been spread in several locations, such as rowing race in East Flood Canal (KBT), judo in Kelapa Gading, martial arts in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah TMII), taekwondo and karate in Ciracas, football in Ciracas and Kuningan, basket ball in Kuningan and indoor volley ball in Bulungan.