Sandiaga Uno

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Sandiaga Uno. (Photo: Rayi Gigih/IO)

IBL’s success encourages

IO – Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno is known as a big fan of basketball. Not only a connoisseur, but Sandi is also quite skilled at playing this sport, created by James Naismith. 

No wonder he is happy to have the opportunity to watch the third match of the 2021 IBL Pertamax final between Pelita Jaya Bakrie vs. Satria Muda Pertamina, at the Britama Arena, Mahaka Square, Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, Sunday 6 June. 

Sandi was present with the Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto and the Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan. 

Satria Muda finally won the title after winning 68-60. “Congratulations to Satria Muda who won the 2021 IBL. Congratulations also to IBL Indonesia for successfully holding a competition with strict and disciplined health protocols,” he said. 

In Sandi’s eyes, IBL’s success gives encouragement and a positive impact. “The success of this event certainly brings fresh air and adds to our confidence to host prestigious world-class events such as the FIBA Asia Cup and World Superbike in August and November,” he said as written on his social media account. 

Sandi is a sports lover. Not only basketball but the former Deputy Governor of Jakarta is also known as a tough runner. He has participated in international marathons such as the Boston Marathon. After the construction of the Cipali toll road, Sandi also held the Cipali 10 K. 

Sandi has also been a member of the Indonesian Basketball Association. He was briefly appointed manager of the Indonesian women’s national team for the 2005 Southeast Asian Games in Manila. Unfortunately, basketball was eventually not contested at the event because there was a dualism in the Philippine basketball federation at that time. 

Sandiaga has also served as Chairman of the All-Indonesian Swimming Association. (rp)