Hagop Khajirian, FIBA Executive Director Asia

Hagop Khajirian (left) and Gatot S. Dewa Broto

Hoping to see spectators at 2021 FIBA Asia Cup

IO – The launch of the official FIBA Asia Cup logo, which took place in the press conference room, Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Senayan, Tuesday 13 April was attended virtually by national and international media and greeted with great fanfare by basketball fans.

The FIBA Asia Cup 2021 logo features a trophy surrounded by a design that combines Batik motifs and Javanese eagle references. The new logo features the elements of several unique Indonesian identities, along with the patterns of a basketball ball and court. This symbolizes the location where the much-anticipated event will take place.

References to Indonesia’s rich traditions are also reflected in the typography of the competition. The pattern employed is the Minangkabau Songket, found in different types of fabric in Indonesia.

Batik is an important and strong part of the Indonesian culture and can be seen patterned everywhere throughout the country. The Javan hawk-eagle is the national bird of Indonesia and is an Indonesian endemic, meaning they can only be found in the country, specifically in the humid forests of Java. The majestic bird of prey is also referred to as Garuda, a mythical birdlike creature which is also a strong part of the Indonesian culture.

“The logo presentation is an important milestone on the road to FIBA Asia Cup 2021. This visual icon blends the unique attributes of the FIBA Asia Cup and of Indonesia as host nation,” said FIBA Executive Director Asia, Hagop Khajirian.

Indonesian basketball is growing: after hosting FIBA Asia 2021, this country will also host the FIBA World Cup 2023 with Japan and the Philippines. “We stand for Indonesia and we work together,” said Hagop, reminiscing about the struggle to be named a host.

Also present at the logo launch event were the Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Gatot S. Dewa Broto, Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian Basketball Association, Francis Wanandi and Chairman of the Jakarta FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Organizing Committee, Junas Miradiarsjah.

“Please let us all remind ourselves that every adversity that comes before us is an opportunity to raise ourselves to do better than our best.”

FIBA Asia Cup 2021 will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from August 17-29, 2021.

Indonesia will be hosting this prestigious event for a second time, after serving as the venue of the competition back in 1993.

With the unpredictable conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic, Hagop can only hope that the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup can be attended by spectators.

“We are not sure what kind of system it will be. Whether it is a bubble system or not. It all depends on the latest developments. But for sure we are not thinking about the option of delaying the implementation of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 any later.”

Hagop really understands that holding a championship in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic must be a prudent matter. Previously, he admitted that someone close to him had contracted Covid. “We are stressed because of Covid-19. But in basketball we know teamwork. This teamwork can make us rise in the current situation,” (rp)