Cokorda Rai Adi Pramartha

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Cokorda Rai Adi Pramartha. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

Former basketball player, now a Ph.D.

IO – Cokorda Rai Adi Pramartha is one of the three Cokorda brothers who will always be remembered by Indonesian basketball lovers. Tata, as he is called, is the younger brother of Cokorda Raka Satrya Wibawa or Wiwin, and the older brother of Cokorda Anom Indrajaya.

The Cokorda brothers started their professional basketball careers at Aspac. Wiwin first joined in 1995, a year later, in 1996 Tata followed. Anom landed on Aspac in 1997. They also played for Bali in 1996 National Sports Week (PON).

Tata admits that the three of them have a bond and understand each other when playing together. “We feel we have our respective specialties and positions. Wiwin is the center, I am the power forward and Anom is the shooter,” he said.

In 2001, the Cokorda brothers decided to stay with Satria Muda. The following year the three of them joined Citra Satria until 2005. In 2006, Tata and Anom then decided to retire from professional basketball, while Wiwin continued his basketball career and joined Garuda Bandung. “A year later, 2007, a Garuda trainer contacted and asked me to join, but I have decided to pursue a career in education,” said Tata.

Tata, who has completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering at Trisakti University and Master’s in Business Administration at Bina Nusantara University, decided to return to Bali, because of the advice of his parents. “They said ‘If not you, who else would help represent the Balinese people?’ My heart melted and I decided to return,” he explained.

Tata also decided to register as a lecturer in the Computer Science department at Udayana University in 2006.

The world of academia is indeed no stranger to the Cokorda family. They are the sons of Dr. dr. Tjokorda Alit Kamar Adnyana and Prof. Dr. dr. Luh Ketut Suryani, Sp.KJ.

Tata keeps striving to find a doctoral study scholarship. As a lecturer, he must continue to pursue the highest level of education. “I took the doctoral program because it was the highest level in the world of education and my career. It’s the same when playing basketball: our highest goal is to represent Indonesia,” said Tata, who joined the Indonesian junior national team in 1996.

Tata was successfully accepted at Sydney University in Australia, to pursue a doctoral program in Information Technology. Early in 2014, he left for Australia. “Luckily, in 2013 the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia launched their first scholarship, namely the LPDP scholarship, which places great importance on the quality of the study rather than the costs involved. The scholarship enabled me to go to Australia in the first place,” said Tata. He earned a Ph.D. or doctorate in 2018; now Tata serves as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science at Udayana University Bali.

He admitted experience in basketball helped him in securing achievements off the field. “The spirit of fighting on the basketball court carries over to life. In basketball, today we lose, tomorrow we have to return to be ready to fight 100 percent to win. It carried on in my life journey,” he admitted.

“For example, when I took a Ph.D. program in Australia, one day I failed, but the next day I was excited again. My supervisor saluted me because doctoral students who never give up were a rarity,” he said.

Working in the world of education, Tata did not completely leave basketball. He is the supervisor of the Udayana University Basketball Student Activity Unit.

Don’t you want to be a coach? “The timing isn’t possible. At most I just become a coach for my children. My eldest son is now 12 years old, already 169 cm tall,” said Tata who is blessed with three sons from her marriage to Madek Jeani Purnama.

Tata admits that Indonesian basketball skills are currently far better than in his era. “This is because access to information is more open, such as via YouTube. “The understanding of the young coaches is also better, and there are also many coaches who provide privacy so that children’s basketball skills can improve faster now,” he said.

Moreover, current player skills are also not limited by body structure and posture. “When I played, tall players would have been installed as power forward or center”. (rp)