Magelang: The 2019 ASEAN Schools Games (ASG) has officially ended. The closing ceremony was successfully led by Indonesia’s Deputy of Youth Development Asrorun Niam Sholeh, representing Minister of Youth and Sports Imam Nahrawi, along with Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo and Vice Governor Taj Yasin Maimoen at the Borobudur Temple, Magelang, Central Java, on Wednesday (24/7).
The Ministry of Youth and Sports together with Central Java Government, Semarang Government and all Organizing Committees expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the success of the event, especially for Indonesia’s student-athletes for leading the medal tally.
“First and outmost, we thank Allah SWT for the success of the event and our presence at this closing ceremony. We are very proud to see the enthusiasm of all delegations to participate in this year’s ASG,” the Deputy said.
“The choosing of Borobudur as the venue of the closing ceremony is to emphasize that Indonesia is rich in cultures but still in unity,” he added.
Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo revealed in his speech that there are at least two things Indonesia should be proud of at the ASG. First is the acknowledgement from the 10 participating countries of good organizing. The other is the success of Indonesia to lead the medal tally.
“The 2019 ASG may end, but our togetherness and friendship are forever. I hope all good memories of this event in Semarang, Central Java, would bring you back here and we could meet again,” he ended his speech.
The closing ceremony was marked with the handover of the host flag. Asrorun Niam Sholeh handed the flag to the Chairman of Technical Committee of ASSC Mohamed Jais Bin Hj Abd Rahman, who forwarded it to the Senior Minister Officer of Education Department of The Philippines Salvador Malana. This showed that The Philippines will host the event in 2020, in Dumaguete city to be exact.