goodmorningpapua.com – A number of world-class athletes from Indonesia are preparing to compete at the National Sports Week (PON) XX of Papua, ranging from Olympian Azzahra Permatahani to the world record breaker of climbing, Veddriq Leonardo and Aries Susanti Rahayu. Athletes participating in the Olympics of Tokyo 2020 Azzahra is determined to improve her record time at the PON XX of Papua, which will be held on October 3-15 October 2021.
“I personally have always targeted my own time first, how can I improve my time, how to improve the previous time again, break the national record, because if you focus on time, medals will follow automatically,” said Azzahra in a virtual discussion FMB9, Monday.
After competing in the Tokyo Olympics, Azzahra is now undergoing the SEA Games National Training. However, due to the postponement of the Southeast Asian multi-event sports event, currently the holder of the three national records is focusing on the PON XX of Papua.
Even though she has competed at the world level, Azzahra admits that PON is very important for her. In addition to carrying the name of the province, the national sports event became a benchmark for the 19-year-old swimmer.
“In the selection at this PON, what is still lacking so that it can be improved after the PON later,” said Azzahra, who has collected a silver medal in the 200m women’s medley and a bronze medal in the 500m women’s medley at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines.
“The opponents are also world champion athletes. What is certain is that I remain optimistic that I will give the best,” said Vedderiq. “This is a commitment to advance rock climbing in PON which is held every four years,” she added. The same thing was conveyed by rock climbing athlete Aries Susanti Rahayu. The gold medal winner of Asian Games 2018 will try to show her best at the PON XX of Papua. “Every athlete wants gold. I have never won a gold medal in PON. Work hard for Central Java and the name of rock climbing in Indonesia,” said Aries.