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Bambang Pamungkas to be Olympics torch bearer

  • Niken Prathivi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 1 2012   /  10:03 am

Indonesia will have four of its own in the upcoming Olympics Games torch relay, which will take place in Manchester, England, on June 24.

Samsung Electronics Indonesia, one of the 2012 Olympic sponsors, has appointed young activist for women’s issues Ika Trifisusanti, national soccer player Bambang Pamungkas, businessman Sandiaga Uno and actress-cum-politician Wanda Hamidah as Indonesia’s torch bearers.

Ika, who is considered “the girl next door” by Samsung Indonesia, told a press conference on Thursday that she was thrilled to know she would be departing for the London Games’ torch relay.

“Before knowing that I was chosen as a torch bearer, I had randomly asked my father whether I’d be able to go to London some day.

The news was like a quick answer from God,” said the 20-year-old from Surabaya, East Java, who had the chance to deliver a spee...