Indonesia once again showed its best performance in the international multi -vent sports event between the SKO (Special Sports School) entitled 22nd Thailand Sports School 2019 Khon Kaen Games. This championship took place in Khon Kaen Province, Thailand, 30 July to 8 August 2019. A total of 42 gold medals succeeded won by the Indonesian squad represented by SKO Ragunan from various sports competed. The total of 42 medals consisted of 17 gold, 12 silver, and 13 bronze while participating in seven sports from 21 branches contested, and incised four new records through this event.
Head of SKO Division, Margono, greatly appreciated the performance of Ragunan SKO children for the medals they won. “Thank you to the children who worked hard during this Khon Kaen Games. In the future, we must prepare ourselves more mature again, although each province has different sports in holding this event,” he said after the closing of 22nd Thailand Sports School Khon Kaen Games 2019 at Khon Kaen Stadium, Thursday, August 8, 2019.
Swimming dominated the medals by collecting seven gold, nine silver, and five bronze, and three new records through the Azzah Shabira Putri when performing in the 50-meter U-18 butterfly style, Riki Alexander in the 200-meter U-18 backstroke, and Ahnaf Kamal Pasya 50-meter U-18 backstroke.
The archery branch won four gold, one silver, and two bronze. Two gold and four bronze athletes as well as breaking a new record by Dina Aulia, when appearing at number 100 meters hurdles Putri U-16, with a record time of 14.34 seconds from the previous time of 14.70 seconds.
Wrestling took home four medals including two gold, one silver and one bronze. Pencak silat won two gold and one bronze. The volleyball branch is successful in improving performance. Last year only brought bronze, but now Dinda Syiva and his friends successfully brought home a silver medal, while soccer came home empty-handed.
Margono said that this event was not merely an achievement, but as a flying hour for young athletes, especially fostered by Kemenpora. This event is also one of the efforts to prepare upholstery athletes to replace their seniors. “They are the embryo of athletes who will compete in the SEA Games, the Asian Games and the Olympics in the future, so that flight hours, mental forging compete from the beginning we fertilize, in addition to preparing their expertise in each sport,” he said.