goodmorningpapua.com – PON XX of Papua will be held in October. Papuans hope that this national sporting event can make the Earth of Cendrawasih proud.
PON (National Sports Week) of Papua is planned to be held from October 2 to October 15, 2021. There are four clusters going to be the host of the competition, namely in Jayapura City, Jayapura Regency, Mimika Regency, and Merauke Regency.
PON of Papua itself has been postponed a year, due to the impact of the Corona pandemic. Now, the government is working hard to distribute vaccines to the people of Papua as the host.
Maximus Tipagau, one of the Papuan youth leaders who is engaged in tourism and social affairs, said that Papuans have high hopes for the PON event.
“First of all, we want this PON to be a means of promoting Papua. So that people know more about our land, our culture, and our natural beauty,” he said, Monday (6/9).
“Because now, there are still many people who don’t really know Papua,” continued Maximus, who has a tour operator called Adventure Carstensz.
Maximus Tipagau explained that Papua is still labeled negatively by some people. No doubt, security issues have always been a concern because of the separatist movement and the like.
“For that, let’s trust the government that works. We Papuan people need attention and affection, which security issues are also troubling our own people,” he said.
“Papua has potential. Papua has many forerunners to athletes, scholars, and others,” he said.
Maximus closed, the Papuan people hoped that the Earth of Cendrawasih would have a better name through the Papua PON event. So far, for him, the government has been quite good at paying attention to Papua with the construction of the Trans Papua road.
“We are grateful, the government has slowly begun to pay attention to Papua. But we hope that the attention of the government and all Indonesian people to Papua will not run out,” he said.
“Concerning to Papua, is deep more valuable than anything,” concluded Maximus, who is also a chairman of the Somatua Foundation.