The proud news now comes from the Paragliding Accuracy World Championship 2019 paragliding competition in Vrsac City, Serbia. The Indonesian team won the first position in point accuracy, followed by the Chinese and Colombian teams, according to information received from the Embassy of the Indonesian Embassy in Belgrade Eni Diponegoro on Wednesday. The Indonesian paragliding national team consists of eight best athletes, including Jafro Megawanto, winner of two 2018 Asian Games Paragliding gold medals. Jafro is the fourth winner in the individual men’s category.
The championship which is held every two years by the FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) is compete over 3 categories. Teams, individual boys and individual girls. After competing for 9 rounds from the planned 12 rounds, Indonesia won first place in the team and second in men’s rank. The team consists of 1 official, two female athletes, and 6 male athletes. The weather during the race was interspersed with several strong winds that required the match to be stopped several times.
The key to the victory of the Indonesian paragliding team is that athletes quickly adapt to the weather changes that occur in the race area. The weather in the area of the race has changed several times, including the strong winds which require the race to be paused. However, Indonesian athletes were not discouraged until finally two championship titles could be brought home.
In addition to winning the world paragliding championship, the Indonesian paragliding team also won several championships in the previous event, the 2018 Asian Games. At the 2018 Asian Games, the Indonesian paragliding team contributed 2 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze. The 2019 world title has increasingly made the sense of optimism of paragliding athletes increasingly high. Therefore, the Indonesian paragliding team is quite taken into account in the international arena.
The world title for Merah Putih was the result of the Category I Paragliding World Championship which was held on 9-17 September 2019. For this achievement, Indonesia Raya Song was reverberating. Red and white fluttered on the podium.
“We are very proud of the achievements of the Indonesian national team who have competed in sports in the Paragliding Accuracy World Championship. Congratulations to the National Team, Indonesia Jaya!”, Said Indonesian Ambassador to Belgrade Mochammad Chandra Widya Yudha while attending the closing and prize giving ceremony, quoted from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs official website. Country, Friday (9/20/2019).
Paragliding national team returned to the country on Thursday (9/19/2019) yesterday. While in Serbia, the Indonesian national team also expressed thanks for the assistance and support provided by the Indonesian Embassy in Belgrade during the match.