Vice President, Jusuf Kalla asked the Indonesian Gymnastics Association to prepare the athletes to compete in the 2018 Asian Games with various exercises. General Chairman of PB Persani, Ilya Avianti met VP Jusuf Kalla who is also Chairman of the Asian Games Steering Committee to report on the development of 22 athletes, including the athletes who have been sent to Moscow, Russia and won bronze in the international arena. Ilya Avianti at the Vice President's Office in Jakarta on Thursday, January 11, 2018 said that VP Jusuf Kalla also asked the association to win gold medals as many as possible in the multi-sport event of the Asian Games.
“…The vice president welcomes positive; of course if the gold target, as long as 10-years gymnastics has not been heard. But yesterday, we had passed the Sea Games and we could grab gold, silver and bronze unexpectedly. So, we keep pushing our athletes to practice," Ilya Avianti said.
Although the government budget for the association is smaller than last year, Ilya Avianti ensures that it will not degrade the quality of her athletes’ training. The association will include sponsorship to support 22 gymnastic athletes at the Asian Games. In the near future, Persani will send its athletes to practice in the United States and Doha, Qatar. Ilya Avianti added, Persani is now also preparing to become the organizer of the Junior Asia Championship which is the first international gymnastics competition in Indonesia. The Junior Asia Gymnastic Championship is also a preparation for the 2018 Asian Games on August 8th. (Rizki/Mar trans by Rezha)