Palembang – Dozens of athletes from the athletics arena ready tested the ability of the Islamic Solidarity Games (ISG) III in Palembang, September 22-October 1 next. They are currently undergoing a training camp in a few places depending on the number which will be followed later.
Indonesia fairly minimal opportunities to penetrate the dominance of athletes from countries of the Middle East, Africa, and the Soviet Union. Nevertheless, the optimal preparation still run by the Executive Board of the Athletics Association of Indonesia to take advantage of the event.
It is delivered by members of the race committee and the Executive Committee of refereeing Athletics Association of Indonesia, Sumartoyo Martodihardjo. According to him, in the event the ISG later, Indonesian athletes can gain knowledge and experience from the world’s top athletes. “For the achievement it seems hard to beat them from the Middle East and Africa. But this opportunity for us to meet the world athletes,” said Sumartoyo.
Currently, according to Sumartoyo, athletics track is always dominated by athletes from nations of Morocco, Bahrain, Watar, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. Even so, he still asks a mainstay Indonesian athletes to do everything we can in the arena of sports world Islamic countries.
The seriousness PB PASI, at this time, according to Sumartoyo, some athletes are following the training camp at home and abroad. “There is a practice in Canning. We do not want to give up so easily,” said Sumartoyo.
The General Secretary of the Provincial Board of South Sumatra PASI, Zulfaini M. Ropi, explains, it is ready to assist in running a PB PASI training camp for the national athletes in the arena that will host the race in Jakabaring Sport City.
According to him, in Jakabaring facility is the most complete and best in Indonesia. In addition, his team has experience in carrying out similar activities at SEA Games 2011.
“We are ready to help a team of PB PASI because here has the best facilities,” said M. Zulfaini Ropi. He explained that in Jakabaring athletics track has eight oval track for runners.
Meanwhile, outside the main path is also available a similar trajectory to six runners. The track serves as a warming trajectory. Until now, the facility is well maintained though rarely used.