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Jakarta Post

Indonesian track and field loses father figure: So long, Pak Bob

  • Ramadani Saputra and Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 1 2020   /  01:02 am
Bob Hasan (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)(JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Bob Hasan (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)The father figure of Indonesian athletics, Mohamad “Bob” Hasan, known as Pak Bob to those who knew him well, always left a striking impression on those who met him for the first time.

One thing is for sure, Pak Bob, a businessman and former golfing buddy of Soeharto, liked to speak frankly, including when criticizing his protégés at the Indonesian Athletics Association (PASI). The country’s rising track and field star, Lalu Mohammad Zohri, was also not spared from Bob Hasan’s criticism.

During an exclusive interview with The Jakarta Post in September last year, Bob Hasan, the adopted son of Gen. Gatot Subroto, deputy army chief under Sukarno, was not afraid to reveal that Zohri, an under-20 World Champion in the men’s 100 meters, suffered from pinworms.

“It’s because he did not wear shoes when [he] was back in his home...