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Jakarta Post

Activists condemn horse racing for children in West Nusa Tenggara after young jockey's death

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Mataram   /   Sat, October 19, 2019   /  03:03 pm
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Child horse racing is very popular on Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara. (Kompas/Khaerul Anwar)

Children rights activists have called on local horse racing organizers to stop involving children in competitions following the death of Muhammad Sabila Putra, a 10-year-old jockey who died after falling from his horse. Sabila died after succumbing to a head injury sustained when he fell during a race to commemorate the Indonesian Military’s birthday in Bima city on Monday. His horse was injured and collapsed, resulting in Sabila's fall. He died shortly after he was taken to a hospital. The West Nusa Tenggara Child Protection Institution's (LPA-NTB) law and advocacy coordinator, Joko Jumadi, said that the institution had already coordinated with the group's representatives in Bima to report this accident to the police. “We highly recommend other horse racing organizers to stop involving child jockeys in the event because...