There is no word of stopping to boast of a beloved country, solid and upholding a country, one of which is determined by the role of the nation to make the country respected by other nations. One of them was conducted by Indonesian Gymnasts Nabila Evandestiera who successfully brought home gold in the event of the Rhythmic Gymnastics Cup Diadem in Berlin, Germany.
The event was held on 24-25 November 2018. In the competition held at the Olympiapark, Nabila was the only participant from outside Europe who participated. In the competition, Nabila defeated competitors from Bulgaria, Latvia, Russia, Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic, and Cyprus. Nabila’s gold medal was won after winning the ball rhythmic gymnastic apparatus category. Whereas the silver medal was obtained by Nabila in the apparatus rhythmic gymnastics club number.
Not only won the championship, Nabila also listed her name because she became the only rhythmic gymnastic athlete from outside Europe who appeared in sports developed in Europe since the 18th century. For Nabila, this success follows the previous achievements in the 2017 SEA Games. At that time, Nabila won two bronze medals in the hoop apparatus and ball apparatus numbers.
“This is the result of hard work together and especially Nabila, of course. Frankly, for us this is not easy. Outperforming competitors from Europe in sports that are originally from them is a remarkable achievement that should be grateful. We are proud that we can,” said the Chairman DKI Jakarta Public Persani ( The Executive Board of the Indonesian Gymnastics Association) Eko Pudjihariyanto, who accompanied Nabila.
The appreciation also came from the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Germany, Arif Havas Oegroseno. According to Arif, Nabila can be a tool of diplomacy. I am proud and grateful to Nabila. You have become a part of the diplomatic machine concretely. “Your success will help the Indonesian Embassy’s mission to better introduce Indonesia as an outstanding nation to the European community, especially Germany,” he said.
For Nabila’s achievements, the organizing committee promised to invite back gymnasts from Indonesia. Next year, this championship will be held in the Netherlands.
In addition, Rhythmic Gymnastics is a sport that combines dance elements, gymnastic movements, and ballet. Rhythmic gymnastics is allowed to use tools such as ribbons, balls, ropes, hulahoop and so on. This exercise can be done individually or in groups. In one group can consist of more than five people.
Known for its flexible movements, rhythmic gymnastics requires upper and lower body strength, as well as elegance and good coordination.
When referring to its history, rhythmic gymnastics began to become modern gymnastics in the 1900s and has been recognized by the world gymnastics federation as a sport since 1961. In the Olympics, rhythmic gymnastics is only intended for female participants.
Many athletes start practicing from a young age and reach an average peak in their 20s. A professional gymnastic athlete must have balance, flexibility, strength, and coordination, besides having to be able to overcome competitive pressures. It takes a high work ethic and discipline to be able to repeat the same exercise many times.