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Jakarta Post

SOIna strengthens ties with Asia-Pacific counterparts to improve athletes’ welfare

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 12, 2020   /   01:15 pm
SOIna strengthens ties with Asia-Pacific counterparts to improve athletes’ welfare Warsito Ellwein of the Special Olympics Indonesia (SOIna) (right) with president and managing director of SOAP Dipak Natali sign a ball as a symbol of Unified Sports’ future agenda. (The Jakarta Post/Courtesy of SOIna team)

The Special Olympics Indonesia (SOIna) has announced its intention to strengthen ties with similar organizations in the region to improve the credibility of data on athletes.

SOIna chief Warsito Ellwein and national director Vicky Sihotang met with president and managing director of the Special Olympics Asia Pacific (SOAP), Dipak Natali, to discuss ways to improve data credibility.

“We have strengthened cooperation to improve the quality of our athletes with intellectual disabilities,” Warsito said after the meeting on Monday.

The cooperation is also part of the SOIna’s strategy to gather support from regional countries in hopes of in turn gaining support for Indonesia’s bid to host the Special Olympics Games Asia Pacific in 2022.

Meetings will be held every three months in different locations. The first meeting, held on Monday, was organized in Singapore.

Vicky Sihotang said besides the 2022 Special Olympics, the organization was also looking forward to the National Games, which will be held this year, and the 2023 World Games in Berlin.

“We need all hands on deck to prepare for the event. Among the strategies, we are going to build more awareness,” he said.