Freeport Indonesia: Home for National Indonesian Games XX Papua
15 October 2021
A major national sports event opened in Papua at October 2, with hoping it will showcase the Indonesian commitment to developing the province and reassure the public that the region is safe. The 20th Indonesian National Games are very much on in the house that Freeport built.
The National Games, an event held once every four years, were scheduled to take place last year but were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The games opened on Saturday and ended on Friday, October 15 in Jayapura, Mimika and Merauke.
The first major sporting event in the easternmost region was also lively in Kuala Kencana. A town in the Lowlands which built and managed by PT Freeport Indonesia, was chosen as the official starting location of the torch relay ceremony for the games and as the starting point for the marathon and speed walking events.
PTFI has been fully supporting the 20th national games PON XX in Papua, through financed the $33 million worth 462 billion rupiahs construction of the sports complex in 2013.
The inauguration of Mimika Sport Complex early October by Governor of Papua, Lukas Enembe was marked by the playing of Tifa and the signing of the inscription. Lukas Enembe expressed his gratitude to the Mimika Regency Government for providing land for PT Freeport Indonesia to build a MSC that is so magnificent and in international standard.
The sports complex was built in an effort to foster world-class athletes in Papua. The sports venue is composed of an indoor stadium, an open air stadium, an athlete dormitory and other supporting facilities. The indoor stadium can hold 5,300 spectators. The outdoor stadium holds 3,500 spectators for track and field events.
PTFI is wholly committed to building human resources in the field of sports and will also be working together with All Indonesia Athletics Association Central Committee (PB PASI) to develop Mimika Sport Complex in Mimika, Papua into a training center for athletics, specifically for eastern Indonesia.
"We will work collaborate with PASI to make Mimika Sport Complex a training center for eastern Indonesia, including Papua, Maluku and NTT. Papua has potential and physical strength to produce excellent athletics athletes,” said Tony Wenas, PTFI President Director.
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