Saiffanto’s five-year wait for PON cricket gold

As the PON XX National Games’ opening day approaches, so does West Java cricket athlete Ahmad Nur Arif Saiffanto’s debut in the competition after a wait of five years. Saiffanto, who was born in Kediri, East Java 26 years ago, has been assigned as a batsman for the West Java cricket team by the team’s coach Hasan Basri. The athlete said getting picked to bat for the team is challenging since, in cricket, a batsman holds a key position on the team. A batsman’s role is to score runs and…

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Cricketer determined to do NTT proud at PON Papua Games

Rojerio Maxi Toda never thought that playing cricket, which was not his favorite sport at first, would earn him a slew of achievements in national as well as international competitions. The cricket player said he used to dislike the sport since it was foreign to him. Born in 1994, he said he had spent a greater portion of his childhood playing football. One day, however, he became a little interested in one part of the game—bowling. That slight interest sparked his journey to becoming a cricket player, he said. “When…

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PRSI plans national swimming championship after PON

Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian Swimming Association’s Central Executive Board (PB PRSI) Harlin Erlianto Rahardjo said PRSI is planning to hold a national swimming championship after Papua’s PON XX National Games. The plan is an effort to attract potential young athletes who have not had the opportunity to compete at the largest sporting event in the country, Rahardjo said when contacted by ANTARA here on Tuesday. It will also serve as a preparation for the SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, which have been postponed until next year, and the 2022 Asian…

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Zynga debuts “sneak peek” for upcoming mobile FarmVille 3 title

WHAT: Today, Zynga Inc. (Nasdaq: ZNGA), a global leader in interactive entertainment and creator of the popular FarmVille franchise, unveiled a sneak peek video for its upcoming mobile title, FarmVille 3, that captures the fun and affectionate interactions among animals such as cuddly sheep and dancing cows as they excitedly wait to meet their new owners on the farm.   Since it launched in 2009, the FarmVille franchise has continued to roll out fresh new ways for players to experience the games, including FarmVille 2: Country Escape and FarmVille 2: Tropic Escape. One of the new gameplay features in FarmVille 3 will be the breeding…

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President Jokowi rewards 2020 Paralympics athletes

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) disbursed bonuses at the Bogor Presidential Palace on Friday as a mark of appreciation for the achievements of the athletes and coaches that participated in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. “Some Rp5.5 billion will be rewarded to the gold medalists, Rp2.5 billion to silver medalists, and Rp1.5 billion to the bronze medalists. In addition, some bonuses will be given to the non-medal winners and the coaches, though I will not tell the amount – let our youth and sports minister announce it,” he stated. On the…

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Sports Minister ensures welfare of accomplished retired athletes

Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali has guaranteed that the ministry will ensure the welfare of athletes, who have excelled in international competitions, upon retirement. At an event titled “The Future of Indonesian Sports,” Amali noted that the athletes’ welfare was regulated in the Great Design of National Sports (DBON) launched on September 9, 2021. “Improving their achievements is just a downstream attempt, as it will be a long process. Still, we also think about their welfare and education,” he stated in a press release on Sunday. Based on…

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