Reception of Torch Relay in Bali

     THE reception and release of the Asian Para Games Torch Relay Parade in Bali took place on Sunday (Sep. 16) at the office of Bali governor, Jayasabha, Denpasar. The event directly led by the newly inaugurated Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, was attended by athletes with disabilities from Bali and other officials in Bali.

     The torch received in Bali (Sep. 16) was previously paraded from Solo (Surakarta), Central Java (Sep. 5); Ternate, North Maluku (Sep. 9); and Makassar, South Sulawesi (Sep. 12). Subsequently, it was taken to Pontianak, West Kalimantan (Sep. 19); Medan, North Sumatra (Sep. 23); Pangkal Pinang, Bangka Belitung Islands (Sept. 26) and ended in Jakarta as the host (Sept. 30). A total of 42 contingents from 42 countries will be competing in 18 sport branches that will last until October 13, 2018.

     As an effort to improve the achievements of the athletes with disabilities in Bali, the governor promised to propose them to become civil servant. They will be proposed through the Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform of the Republic of Indonesia, without having to follow regular procedures.

     Regarding the implementation of the 2018 Asian Para Games, the selection of Bali as one of the cities to be passed through by the Asian Para Games Torch Relay Parade, Koster admitted to be very proud and give appreciation and full support to the implementation of the event.

     He hoped the implementation can run smoothly and successfully followed by achievements of the athletes. “Hopefully, the athletes can get achievements boasting the reputation of Indonesia in international arena, especially Indonesia serving as the host for the first time. The selection of Bali as one of the regions to be passed through by the Asian Para Games torch relay parade can provide positive vibrations for the participants with disabilities,” concluded Koster.

     Chairman of the National Organizing Committee for the Asian Para Games 2018 (INAPGOC), Raja Sapta Oktohari, reported that the Asian Para Games torch relay was taken from the eternal fire of Mount Mrapen, Gerobogan, and then paraded for the first time to the city of Solo.

     Meanwhile, Chairman of the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Bali Province, I Nyoman Sumita, admitted that he is very happy with the event. This coach of the Bali’s athletes with disabilities since 1976 said there are several Balinese athletes that have recorded international achievements like Ni Nyoman Widiasih (bronze medal in the Paralympic Games). 􀂙 BTnewspaper