PRESIDENT Joko Widodo (Jokowi) attended the opening of the National Sports Week (PON) XX Papua 2021, at the Lukas Enembe Stadium, Jayapura Regency, Saturday (10/2).

The President was present wearing a PON XX jacket with a dominant red and white color and a Papuan face, in a graphic design with a bright color on the front. Not to forget President Jokowi wearing a light brown mask.

Ministers of the Advanced Indonesia Cabinet who were present, including Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia, and other related officials also wore similar jackets.

The opening ceremony of PON XX was opened with a song and dance performance telling the story of Papua past, present, and future that carried the message of the awakening of Papuan children in the future.

A number of Papuan national singers and artists also enlivened the event, including Edo Kondologit, Tulus, Ruth Sahanaya, Michael Jakarimilena, Nowela Elizabeth Auparay, and Lea Simanjuntak.

In addition, Raffi Ahmad, Intan Saumadina, Piter Ginuy, and Irsa Yoku were present as presenters before the opening ceremony took place.

After opening with a performance, the athletes from each province who will compete in PON XX make convoys and go around the field waving their hands.

A total of 7,066 athletes from all provinces in Indonesia participated in the XX PON in Papua Province, with details of 4,176 male athletes and 2,890 female athletes.

Meanwhille Head of the XX PON Validity Team Soedarmo said athletes from 34 provinces competed in 37 sports, 56 disciplines, and 679 match numbers. [antaranews]