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Solo – One of the many beneficial effects of the 2022 ASEAN Para Games, which will be held in Solo from 31 July to 6 August, is teaching local schoolchildren about equality and fighting mentality.

Collaboration towards the success of the 2022 ASEAN Para games is carried out by involving the active participation of the city government of Solo and its residents.

The government through the Solo Education Agency has given schools instructions to send their students to participate in the 2022 ASEAN Para games by visiting the venues to fully support the athletes with disabilities who are competing for the nation.

One of the venues visited by school students was the para archery venue at the Kota Barat Stadium in Solo. Hundreds of students from Batik Surakarta Junior High School were present at the location and cheered on the participating Indonesian athletes in the stands with great enthusiasm.

Sischa Aryono, the teacher who accompanied the students, thought that giving the students the chance to watch athletes with disabilities compete would inspire them to fight and pursue their goals.

Children would benefit from the 2022 ASEAN Para Games, according to Sischa Aryono. Spectating these athletes with disabilities compete for victories might inspire and encourage kids to develop a fighting mindset.

Junior and High School Students to Learn Sportsmanship

Meanwhile, the head coach of the Para archery Tri Sugeng Purwanto warmly welcomed the students to the 2022 ASEAN Para games venue.

Sugeng stated, “We are really pleased with the kids’ arrival at the location to witness the efforts of people with disabilities in defending the country.”

Students have been swarming one area of the Manahan Stadium since the morning, where para-athletics competitions are held. They passionately cheered on athletes with disabilities from Indonesia and other nations.

Several junior and senior high school students shouted encouragement to the athletes and applauded them throughout the competition. They also displayed the Red and White flag.

According to Arifin, a sports instructor at SMPN 21 Surakarta, the students came here to liven up the 2022 ASEAN Para games Solo, not only for fun. However, because it has garnered so many positive reviews, this trip is included in the school’s required agenda.

Arifin said as he and 60 of his students exited the Manahan Stadium, “School children are invited to watch the match here for five days.

“I’m thrilled about an event like this because it can teach and inspire children about athletes who can succeed despite their (physical) limitations,” he continued.

We’ll go back to school and continue studying as usual after this, he said.

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Vocational Students Whip up the Spirit of the Goalball Team

Dozens of vocational students who were present at the Sebelas Maret University (UNS) Surakarta Sports Stadium also expressed their support, in addition to those in the Manahan Stadium. They supported the Indonesian men’s goalball team as they faced Malaysia in competition.

Anto, the coordinator of the supporter, said that he had come to encourage the Indonesian squad because its opponent was Malaysia.

We are moved to help the 2022 ASEAN Para Games, which is held in Solo for the second time, be a success, added Anto.

Anto said that he was driven to cheer on the Indonesian goal ball team all the way to the final round.

“We are moved to support our athletes from people with disabilities who excel and be enthusiastic,” he continued. “Our plan is to support the goalball team till the final round.”

The roar of support from supporters finally set the spirit of the Indonesian goalball squad, which included Andi Santoso, Arif Setiawan, Bahrul Sapaat, Muhamad Yogi Prayoga, Nurfendi, and Satrio Choirul Usman.

The team of Haris Nugroho also triumphed over Malaysia by a score of 11-6.

In this match, Arif came out as the top scorer after scoring five game-winning goals in the 3′, 6′, 8′, 10′, and 11′ minutes.

Other players who scored additional goals include Satrio Choirul 10′, 16′, 19′ and 20′, and Andi (14′) and Yogi (16′). Indonesia is scheduled for its last match against Thailand.*