goodmorningpapua.com – Papua Province failed to present a gold medal in basketball at the National Sports Week (PON) XIX of West Java in 2016, but Papua has a myriad of talented talents in the sport from the United States.
Lea Elvensia Kahol, one of the potential basketball players that Papua currently has, was born in Wanam Village, Merauke Regency, July 17, 1999.
The women’s basketball player from Bumi Animha Merauke will be one of the piles of the Papuan basketball team to pursue the gold medal ambition at the event of PON XX at own home.
Long before joining the Papuan basketball team, Lea Kahol never thought she would start a career as an athlete. He didn’t even know what basketball was. Because of a friend’s invitation, Lea finally fell in love with the world of basketball since she had been still in junior high school.
“Since the first grade of junior high school, I didn’t have any friends in the city, because my elementary school was in the village. So when I went to Merauke, I had no friends and my only friend was playing basketball, she invited me to play basketball but I refused because I didn’t know what basketball was. My friend even refused to be friends with me if I didn’t play basketball,” she recalls.
Even though she failed to bring the Papuan women’s basketball team to a medal at the PON XIX of West Java event in 2016, Lea has quite a lot of achievements in basketball, both at the club level to the national team level.
Together with her club, Surabaya Fever, Lea successfully presented the 2019 Srikandi Cup title. Then, while strengthening the Indonesian women’s national basketball team, Lea also made a number of achievements. Her cabinet filled with her achievements has collected a gold medal for the 2017 Federation de Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) U-18 Malaysia tournament, a bronze medal at the 2017 Malaysia SEA Games, a silver medal at Asian school basketball Thailand in 2017, a bronze medal at the 2019 Philippines SEA Games. Olympic qualifiers in Australia in 2021, the FIBA 3×3 World Cup in China in 2018, the FIBA U-23 3×3 tournament in Turkmenistan in 2018, and the 2016 Asian school basketball ball.
PON XX will be the second PON for this 178 cm female basketball player. Lea will appear in two numbers at once, 5×5 and 3×3. She is optimistic that she can present a gold medal for the Papuan contingent.
Meanwhile, the position of coach of the Papuan basketball team is currently held by Jamin Mattotoran, who has a license A for National. Coach Jamin once coached the Indonesian U-18 men’s national team in Bangkok, Thailand. He is assisted by his assistant, Jerry Lolowang, who also holds a license A for National.
He admitted that his team’s preparations so far are in a state of readiness for combat. Starting from the physical and also the technique is quite capable.
The potential for medals from the Papuan basketball team in PON XX is quite wide open. Moreover, they were also strengthened by a number of national team athletes from Papua, such as in the men’s team there was Armando Kaize’s name and the women’s team was Lea Kahol.