Greatindonesia.co.id, Padang – The number of participants of annual international cycling race Tour de Singkarak (TdS) is expected to increase from last year`s 20 teams from 30 countries.
“In addition to those routinely taking part in the event, several cyclists from East European countries have expressed their interest in participating in TdS. They never join the race before,” Oni Yulfian, head of the West Sumatra tourism office, said here, Thursday (20/9/2018).
The increase in the number of TdS participants is good for tourism promotion of West Sumatra, he added.
The West Sumatra provincial administration has proposed eight stages with a start from Bukittinggi for TdS.
A team has been formed to decide the routes of the TdS` stages.
The route will cover 16 districts and cities in West Sumatra, except for Mentawai, Padangpariaman, and West Pasaman. The three districts do not join the Tour due to budget constraint.
Deputy Governor of West Sumatra Nasrul Abit said TdS is a pride of the province, therefore it is consistently organized annually.
Last year, some 230 cyclists, grouped in 20 domestic and foreign cycling teams from 30 countries, participated in the sports tourism event.
Part of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) race series, the 2017 TdS involved 18 of the total 19 districts and cities of the province.
The 2017 TdS, themed “The Biggest Sport Tourism” and part of a tourism promotion initiative, was divided into nine stages, covering a total distance of 1,150 kilometers. (ant)
VIOLENCE AT GBK MAY AFFECT INDONESIA’S BID FOR U-20 WORLD CUP
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – All-Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) admitted violence during the 2022 World Cup’s qualifier between Indonesia and Malaysia at Bung Karno Sports Stadium (GBK) in Jakarta on Thursday (5/9/2019) may affect Indonesia’s bid to host U-20 World Cup 2021.
“The incident that we regret will undoubtedly have a more or less impact on our bid. Hopefully, the impact is not too large,” Chief of PSSI Media Relations and Digital Promotion Gatot Widakdo said in Jakarta on Sunday (8/9/2019).
To lessen the impact of the incident on Indonesia’s bid to host the U-20 World Cup 2021, PSSI will explain the chronology of the incident to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), he said.
He said PSSI will accept what the world’s soccer governing body will decide following the incident, including sanctions.
“We are waiting for what FIFA will decide. Once again, I hope the impact is not big,” he said
The incident happened when Indonesia played against Malaysia in the qualifying round of Group G of World Cup 2022 for Asian zone.
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has reported the incident to FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
A few Indonesian supporters threw bottles and smoke bombs during the second round of the first home-away match between Indonesia and Malaysia of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification. Following the incident, the game was stopped for 10 minutes.
Indonesia officially filed its bidding document to FIFA to host the U-20 World Cup 2021.
FIFA noted on its official website on Thursday (10/9/2019) that the All Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) officially submitted Indonesia’s bid to hold the event.
To host the event, Indonesia will go neck to neck with Brazil and Peru that had also submitted formal bids.
FIFA will conduct its review and assessment of the bids prior to taking a final decision on the host of the event at its meeting on October 23-24, 2019, in Shanghai, China. (msh)
SURABAYA TO HOST U-20 WORLD CUP
Greatindonesia.co.id, Surabaya – The world soccer governing body, FIFA has appointed the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya as the host of the U-20 World Cup in 2021. Speaking to the press Monday (26/8/2019), Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini said she was pleased to hear of the appointment of Surabaya as the host of the event and was ready to repay the trust.
Surabaya is ready to host the event, Risma said. She hoped that by hosting the event, Surabaya’s children could fulfil their dream of being world-class football players.
Surabaya’s children can also be employed as ball boys and girls when the event is on, she said.
“I will be pleased to see children walk hand-in-hand with the world’s players,” she said.
After receiving the FIFA letter, the mayor received visits from several executive board members of the East Java chapter of the All Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) to discuss preparations for the event. (ahm)
TONTOWI/WINNY ADVANCE TO QUARTER-FINALS OF MALAYSIA OPEN 2019
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Indonesian mixed doubles pair Tontowi Ahmad/Winny Oktavina Kandow beat Hafiz Faisal/Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja with a score of 19-21, 21-18 and 21-19 to advance into the 2019 Malaysia Open quarter-finals. For Tontowi/Winny, the victory over Hafiz/Gloria at the Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday (4/4/2019), was the first one after two encounters in previous matches. The second meeting took place during the 2019 India Open tournament.
“We have studied their playing patterns. At the 2019 Indian Open yesterday, they beat us. We watched the match video again to look for weaknesses,” Tontowi said in an official statement reported by the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI).
According to Tontowi, who is better known as Owi, the main reason why they won this level 750 match was because they were calm. Although they lagged behind Hafiz/Gloria, he said he remained calm all through the match, right to the end.
“The key to any victory is being calm on the field, and not playing in a hurry. Even though we were behind, we remained calm and continued to collect points one by one, “Owi added.
In the quarter-finals, Tontowi/Winny will face Malaysian partners Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing. The two pairs have never played against each other before.
“Before the quarter-finals, we must get enough rest and maintain a diet. Later, we will study our opponents’ game. The important thing is to play a focused and calm game. Hopefully, I can win,” said Owi.
The 2019 Malaysia Open tournament is taking place from 2 to 7 April 2019. The total prize money for the super 750 level badminton tournament is 700,000 US dollars (US). (eli)
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