By: Abner Wanggai ) *
Week O lahraga Na sional (PON) in Papua will be a very important event, because for the first time held there. All residents in Bumi Cendrawasih appreciate PON XX, because they are very proud to be the committee of the event. Apart from that, PON is a golden opportunity, to show the beauty of Papua to the whole world.
Papua is a beautiful area, but unfortunately there are still a few who consider it an area with virgin forests and very underdeveloped. Whereas in Cendrawasih Earth there is modernity and now the people are educated. Papua has also been appointed to host the XX PON, and all facilities and facilities have been prepared.
When PON XX was held in Papua, the community was very proud. The reason is because they are believed to be hosts and can show the exoticism of the Earth of Cendrawasih to all the audience of the event, who watched it via video streaming . So that the bad stereotype about Papua is eliminated.
When many netizens see a match at the Lukas Enembe Stadium, the aquatic arena, or other match locations, they will also see a location full of natural beauty. They will be fascinated, then will plan a trip to Papua after the pandemic has passed. PON is a free advertisement to offer tourism in the Earth of Paradise. No wonder all Papuan civilians support him.
People in Bumi Cendrawasih also highly appreciate the holding of PON XX. The reason is because this event will show how Papua is a safe place and is not disturbed by separatist groups. The provinces of Papua and West Papua are guarded by more officers, to prevent anything bad from happening and to disrupt the holding of sports competitions.
In addition, the XX PON event is a positive event, because it is an event that shows sportsmanship between athletes. When they lose, they will accept it sincerely. The coaches will evaluate then design a strategy for the next match. Therefore, the people of Papua always support PON, because they believe that all participants are not cheating.
The community is also happy when there is a PON in Papua, because it shows that the government is fair and equalizes everything to eastern Indonesia, including the belief in being a PON committee. Being the organizer is a very rare golden opportunity . President Jokowi has proven not to be Java-centric, but also pays attention to distant areas, including Papua.
PON XX which has the slogan Torang Can ! strongly supported by civilians, especially on social media. Almost all Papuans take pictures of the stadium and arena that will be the venue for the PON match, then upload them to social media. They indirectly promoted the readiness of the event committee, and showed pride in XX PON.
As Papuans, they certainly support athletes from Bumi Cendrawasih. However, when athletes from other provinces came, the community welcomed them with warmth and respect. Because with the arrival of all athletes and officials , the match will be held and all participants will try their best.
The implementation of PON XX in Papua is highly appreciated by all civilians there. PON is a big event, because it involves a lot of committees, athletes, coaches, and others. When PON XX is successful, not only the committee will be proud, but also the Papuan people. They are proud to be recorded in history as the organizers of national level sporting events.
Community support is very important for the smooth running of the XX PON in Papua. Because they are not only spectators, but also welcome the athletes and show the hospitality of the Papuan people. The national sports week is very proud of by civilians on Earth of Cendrawasih, because this event will show peace and security there.
) * The author is a Papuan student living in Yogyakarta