Yenny Wahid on mission to popularize sport climbing, discover new talents

first_imgDjoko acknowledged this had been a successful strategy, as it was the purpose of a sport association to gain the best assistance for its athletes.”There are no regulations that specifically prohibit this. However, it would be best for sports people if the government provided greater support alongside stricter monitoring to ensure results,” he told The Jakarta Post recently.Sport climbing has grown in popularity in Indonesia over the past three years thanks to the achievements of the national sport climbing squad at a series of international events. The inclusion of the sport at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and South Sumatra’s Palembang also boosted its popularity and helped change perceptions of it from only a hobby of outdoor enthusiasts to a legitimate sport.On a mission to create many more Indonesian spiderwomen and spidermen, Yenny’s first goal is to intensify efforts to popularize the sport by building 100 climbing walls across the country.“We will look for potential talents from schools, beginning at the elementary level. The [new] walls could be developed at schools or at other facilities. This will boost enthusiasm [toward sport climbing].”“If we facilitate the youngsters [by providing facilities], they will be able to hone their abilities and we will be able to spot those with the potential to go forward,” she said.When taking on her new role, Yenny, who is also known as a pluralism activist, acknowledged there were many challenges to developing the sport, including a lack of facilities and infrastructure.“Significant investment is required to renew or build new infrastructure. Building a wall and buying the equipment is expensive enough,” she said.“I received information that one of our male athletes actually broke a world record during an Asian championship last year in Bogor [West Java] but it was annulled as the measurement equipment used [at the event] did not meet international standards,”“That is tragic. For me, those kinds of circumstances must not be repeated in the future,” she added.Right now, members of the national sport climbing squad are on a mission to secure the last ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. After failing to grab an Olympic ticket at the qualifier in Toulouse, France, last November, the squad, comprising Aries Susanti Rahayu, Nurul Iqamah, Alfian M. Fajri and Aspar Jaelolo, will battle for the ticket at the last qualifiers at the Asian championships in Morioka, Japan, on May 18 to 24.The Tokyo Games, where sport climbing will make its Olympic debut, will only feature a combined event comprising three climbing disciplines, namely speed, lead and bouldering.Indonesian athletes are known to excel at speed climbing.“Our biggest competitor in the last qualifier will be the Koreans, as they excel in lead climbing and bouldering,” said FPTI’s achievement and development department deputy head Rahmat Sofyan. The daughter of the late former president Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid and newly appointed chairwoman of the Indonesian Sport Climbing Federation (FPTI), Yenny Wahid, has vowed to go all out to improve the country’s performance in the sport by producing more high-quality athletes.Yenny, widely known as one of President Joko Widodo’s biggest supporters, has followed in the steps of National Intelligence Chief Gen. (ret) Budi Gunawan and former vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno, who have previously dived into the national esports industry by taking roles in the newly established Indonesia Esports Association.The former journalist was elected as the federation’s chairwoman in December last year by acclamation and will head the organization until 2023. She decided to run for the position as she felt Indonesia had a lot of untapped potential in the sport, she explained during the inauguration of the federation’s new management in Jakarta on Tuesday. Topics :center_img “I like sport climbing despite the fact I cannot climb,” she said.“We already have the Indonesian Spiderwoman, but I feel there are many talents out there waiting to be discovered. That’s why I want to contribute to developing sport climbing in Indonesia,” she added, referring to star sport climber Aries Susanti Rahayu, who is popularly known by her nickname Spiderwoman, which she earned after setting a world speed climbing record of under 7 seconds.Many believe Yenny faces an uphill battle because of her inexperience in the field, or even worse, suspecting her to have used the federation as a political vehicle to gain popularity. Responding to this, Yenny said at the end of the day it will be the results of her leadership that would tell the difference.Previously, head of the Indonesian Sport Scientist Association Djoko Pekik Irianto said many sport associations had sought to appoint chairpersons with close proximity to political power in order to guarantee government support.last_img read more

PSG enter race for Atletico Madrid star

first_imgAccording to reports from RMC Sport, via Diario AS, the French side’s sporting director Leonardo has highlighted central midfield as a key are to strengthen ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.PSG have also been linked with moves for Chelsea’s forgotten man Tiemoue Bakayoko and Lazio star Sergei Milinkovic-Savic.However, the French giants could now rival Premier League pair Arsenal and Manchester United for Ghanaian international Partey, if he declines Atletico’s offer of a new contract.Partey is contracted to Diego Simeone’s side until 2023, but his current deal includes a release clause of €50m, which all interested clubs are willing to pay.Read Also: La Liga: Barca considering second salary cut ahead of restartTalks continue between the club and Partey’s representatives, with the offer of an improved salary and an extension until 2026 on the table.However, Atletico’s insistence on a new €100m exit clause rumoured to be causing friction, with the 26-year old requesting a fee closer to €70m.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyGo Stargazing & Discover The Night Sky At These Cool Locations6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The WorldWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animecenter_img Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly joined the growing list of clubs considering a summer move for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.Advertisementlast_img read more

UEFA Champions League: Bayern ease to 3-0 win over Red Star

first_imgRelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Whirlwind Bayern Munich dismantle Schalke in season opener Bayern Munich kicked off their Champions League campaign by easing to a 3-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday in a one-sided Group B encounter. Kingsley Coman headed them into the lead in the 34th minute from a fine Ivan Perisic cross and the Bundesliga’s leading scorer Robert Lewandowski slid in for the second goal in the 80th. Thomas Mueller, who became the club’s record Champions League appearance maker when he came on as a substitute for his 106th game in the competition, volleyed in his first goal of the season in stoppage time. Bayern stretched their unbeaten run in Champions League group stage home matches to 16. The hosts carved out chance after chance and twice hit the woodwork, while the Serbs, who battled through qualifying, were largely toothless up front. In the group’s other game, Olympiakos Piraeus came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur in Athens. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Bayern MunichChampions LeagueKingsley ComanRed Star BelgradeRobert Lewandowskilast_img read more

England Pacer Mark Wood Declared Fit

first_imgLondon: England pacer Mark Wood has been cleared of serious injury and will remain part of the 15-member squad for the World Cup beginning May 30. Wood pulled up because of an issue with his calf during the fourth over of the first warm-up match against Australia which the Aaron-led side won by 12 runs in Southampton on May 25.He left the field immediately and took no further part in the game. And there was fear in the England camp that Wood, who has a history of foot and ankle problems, might have to be removed from the squad and thus, he was sent for scans.However, according to a report in ESPNcricinfo, scans have shown no sign of injury. Instead the England medical team believes the 29-year-old simply jarred his foot while bowling. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Granit puts rock-solid Arsenal into League Cup final

first_imgBy Toby DavisLONDON, England (Reuters) – Arsenal fought back from a goal down against old foes Chelsea to reach the League Cup final as Granit Xhaka poked home to complete a 2-1 second-leg win yesterday that set up a Wembley showdown with Manchester City.Nothing separated the sides after the semi-final’s first leg at Stamford Bridge ended goalless two weeks ago, but the stalemate was swiftly broken as Chelsea took the lead through Eden Hazard after seven minutes at the Emirates Stadium.Yet question marks about Arsenal’s steel in the face of adversity were swept away as they levelled five minutes later through a fortuitous Antonio Rudiger own goal before they turned the match on its head.Midfielder Xhaka turned predator 15 minutes after halftime to finish from close range and Arsenal stayed rock-solid at the back for the rest of the game to set up an enticing final against Premier League leaders City on February 25.The sides were meeting for the fifth time this season and it was clear that familiarity had bred a certain degree of contempt as the tackles flew in during a fiercely contested opening.Arsenal had lost only one of their previous seven games against Chelsea, but were quickly under the cosh as Hazard put the visitors ahead, calmly stroking the ball past David Ospina after Chelsea carved open the hosts’ backline.last_img read more

Injury worries for Wealdstone

first_imgWealdstone are facing more injury problems after Lee Chappell and Nikki Ahamed were taken off during the pre-season friendly against Biggleswade Town on Saturday.Chappell has been left nursing a groin problem, while Ahamed could be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after being carried off with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury.The Stones are already without Alan Massey, who is recovering from a spinal injury, and Sean Cronin, who took a knee in the back during the recent friendly against Watford.AdChoices广告Manager Gordon Barlett described his side’s performance in the 3-3 draw against Biggleswade as “sloppy.”Wealdstone were 2-0 down before pulling a goal back through Peter Dean’s penalty and then levelling when central defender Wes Parker prodded home from close range.Richard Jolly’s 85th-minute goal seemed to have won it for Bartlett’s men, but an equaliser by Harry Hunt – his second goal of the game – denied Wealdstone victory.last_img read more

FH : Openshaw, Stiver compete for starting spot in net for Orange

first_img Comments Published on October 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 Relegated to the bench for the first time in nearly a year, Leann Stiver watched from the sidelines as Sophia Openshaw jogged out toward the net.SU’s mainstay in goal was replaced Sunday after starting the previous 19 games. And she was replaced by a freshman in Openshaw who did not have any collegiate experience.‘(Openshaw) earned the position at practice,’ SU head coach Ange Bradley said. ‘The last two days we had competition and Sophia won the competition, so she earned the starting job.’The competition was exclusively between Stiver and Openshaw. Rachel Sayer, who appeared to be the second-string goalkeeper, was sick and unable to participate, Bradley said. And in her opportunity, Openshaw notched a 3-0 shutout over Columbia. So as Syracuse (11-2, 3-0 Big East) moves forward, it appears the starting position remains up for grabs.On Friday, Syracuse hosts Georgetown, and Bradley said she will choose her starting goalkeeper based on how the trio performs in this week of practice once again.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It depends on Tuesday’s practice and Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practices as to who’s going to win the job starting Friday night,’ Bradley said.Openshaw was the only goalie to play in Sunday’s game. Stiver and Sayer were unavailable for comment after Sunday’s game.Despite the change, Stiver had shown few signs of weakness prior to the game against Columbia. She is 9-2 this season with 34 saves and 11 goals allowed. She has five shutouts, one of which is a combined shutout with Sayer.She’s rarely been caught out of position for the Orange and maintains focus in net despite not facing many shots from opponents.Leading Boston University 1-0 with seven minutes left in the first half earlier this season, Stiver made one of her more impressive saves. A Terriers midfielder knocked a through ball up the middle of the SU defense from the midfield line. Stiver instinctively leapt out of net and sprinted toward the top of the shooting circle.She beat BU forward Tabi Hatch to the ball, kicking it to the left and avoiding a collision.Stiver has shown that poise fairly consistently throughout this season, but her 1.26 goals-against average is slightly higher than her mark of 1.17 last season. And in SU’s two losses this season, Stiver has made just 17 saves while allowing five total goals.Perhaps that’s why Bradley thought a change was in order.‘These are a series of games where we’re able to give people a little bit of a different role on the team,’ SU assistant Steve Simpson said. ‘And it doesn’t mean this about this player or that about the other player. It’s just a chance for us to do something.’Prior to the Columbia game, Openshaw had yet to see collegiate action. The Lions did not test her heavily, only managing three shots over the course of the game. But Openshaw maintained her concentration while the Orange was in possession.She showed few signs of anxiety by making an early kick save just five minutes into the game, and she appeared ready on CU’s two second-half penalty corners. Openshaw controlled the ‘adrenaline rush’ and ‘beating of your heart’ that can’t be felt in practice situations, Simpson said.‘I just made sure I stayed focused when we had the ball and made sure I knew where all the opposing players were,’ Openshaw said.In Simpson’s mind, this early experience is incredibly important for her confidence and growth moving forward, especially as just a freshman.But with another week of competition, it is possible Openshaw’s stint between the pipes may be short-lived. Especially considering Sayer, who also appeared in three games last year, is likely to get thrown back into the mix following her illness.Regardless of who ends up as the starter, having depth at the position is important, Bradley said. If one of the goalkeepers does go down late in the season, she wants the backups to be prepared for action.And in her first chance, Openshaw shined.‘She just has to have a chance to get the mindset that I am a player at Syracuse University,’ Simpson said. ‘If you’re always back somewhere on the bench you’re never going to get that day where it’s about you and where you have to produce.’sebail01@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse sweeps Canisius in doubleheader

first_imgSyracuse (21-15, 3-9 Atlantic Coast) swept Canisius (15-24, 3-5 Metro Atlantic) in a doubleheader on Wednesday in Buffalo, New York. SU won the first game, 9-0, and the second, 8-2.In the first game, the Orange made very easy work of the Golden Griffins. SU scored nine runs and Alexa Romero pitched a gem in which she allowed no runs on three hits. No individual stood out in the hit category, but Bryce Holmgren led the team with two RBIs. Syracuse stole three bases.In the second game, Syracuse scored five quick runs in the top of the first inning. A three-run home run by Faith Cain put the game out of reach, as Canisius could only cut the lead down to six.Cain led SU with two hits and five RBIs. Sophomore second baseman Alicia Hansen collected three hits of her own.AnnaMarie Gatti allowed two runs on six hits over five innings. The win brings her record to 6-5.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse continues its road trip at Pittsburgh on Friday at 5 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 12, 2017 at 9:45 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

Men’s hockey: UW steadily improving as team builds around young talent

first_imgTying their 2014-15 season’s win total of four hasn’t necessarily made this a better season for the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team.The Badgers are 4-8-6 right now and sit in fourth place in the Big Ten standings with six points, only three ahead of last place Michigan State.While there has been a small rebirth for Wisconsin in the 2015-16 season, it isn’t enough to bring the program back to the forefront of college hockey. An exorbitant amount of tied games has held back the team, but coming out of their winter break, the Badgers will face some lackluster opponents. Teams with a combined record of 52-56-22 (.400) comprise Wisconsin’s remaining schedule, giving the Badgers a chance to take the next step in their growth during a potential soft-stretch.Nearly halfway through the season, these are factors UW head coach Mike Eaves must address in order to be successful during the second half and turn this season around:Beginnings and endingsWisconsin has conceded a combined 37 goals in first and third periods, 19 more than they scored in those timeframes. In those same games, they are 1-4-5 when conceding a first period goal, and 0-8-3 when conceding a third period goal.Composure on defense needs to be a paramount concern for Eaves, the Badgers look inexperienced on many of the goals they’ve given up in these periods, allowing opponents space and time to cross the blue-line and set up their offense.Despite five of Wisconsin’s seven defensemen being underclassmen, the current crop needs to be more aggressive and ease themselves into the tough “T” forecheck. It’s a complicated 1-1-3 formation that Eaves implemented three seasons ago, and has been successful when executed correctly, notably against Michigan State.But one of the downsides to this system is allowing space along the boards near the blue line, which opponents have taken advantage of against slow-checking UW forwards. The system has faced criticism in its few years and, while players have historically needed long-adjustment periods, it begs the question of why Eaves hasn’t yet figured how to speed along this learning process.Regardless of inexperience or a tough formation, the Badgers as a whole need to remain level-headed during crucial points in the game and limit opponents’ scoring when it matters most.Youth coming aliveFreshman forward Luke Kunin was rumored to be leaving UW for the OHL’s Sarnia Sting, a Canadian major junior team, only two months ago. The rumor has since been debunked — and for the better.  The Missouri native has the most goals and is second in points for the Badgers (seven goals, five assists, 14 points) behind only junior Grant Besse. The last time a freshman led Wisconsin in goals was Kyle Turris in the 2007-08 season.In a 4-4 tie against Ohio State, Kunin tallied a goal and three assists to keep Wisconsin in the game. His hawking presence around the net helped put in two ugly goals, but the aesthetics of each was of no importance to a team scrapping for points.What is important is the toughness this Wisconsin team showed to come from behind and tie Ohio State, a common storyline this season as the Badgers have done so numerous times against tough opponents (Michigan, Northern Michigan, Ferris State).Kunin is not leading the charge alone though. Another freshman forward, Seamus Malone, sits at fourth in points (three goals, 10 assists, 13 points) while sophomore Ryan Wagner is third in points (six goals, eight assists, 14 points).Wisconsin only has six upperclassmen at its disposal, so the continued growth of these young players is paramount if the team is to continue and improve. The Badgers are last in the Big Ten in team scoring (48 goals, 87 assists, 135 points), 106 points behind conference leading Michigan (89 goals, 152 assists, 241 points). To see how that high-powered offense has helped Michigan, just look at their record (13-3-3)— they’ve climbed to a No. 6 ranking in the latest USCHO Poll.But Wisconsin is not blessed with an evenly distributed set of under and upperclassmen like Michigan, which means these players need to continue their progress at a quick pace in order to follow suit.Key matchupsFeb. 19 – Feb. 20 vs. Michigan State: Sparty (5-15-2) is last in the Big Ten and one of the teams Wisconsin will need to beat to secure points. This hasn’t proved entirely easy for the Badgers, who are tied 1-1 this season with Michigan State after playing a series earlier in the year in East Lasing.While it may be a matchup showcasing the race from the bottom, this is an important test for Wisconsin. Simply put, they need to show they can beat a beatable team. Only then can they show they’ve made progress on a two year rebuilding phase.last_img read more

Raketech Q4 bolstered by double platform launch

first_img Share StumbleUpon Submit Oskar Mühlbach chosen as Raketech CEO December 12, 2019 Share Raketech boosts global network with Lead Republik acquisition March 11, 2020 Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 Related Articles Raketech has recorded sizeable, across-the-board revenue growth for Q4 2018, bolstered by the launch of flagship Finnish sports betting product and the esports community-targeting affiliate network oversaw a revenue increase of 65.6% (to €7.6 million), an organic growth rise of 50.2% and an EBITDA increase of 122.1% (to €4.5 million).The full-year results, released in tandem with those for the final quarter of 2018, were similarly positive. Revenues increased by 49% to €25.6 million, organic growth amounted to 29.9% and EBITDA increased by 48.9% to €14.4 million”I am pleased to announce a strong end to 2018, which was a record-breaking year for Raketech,” explained CEO Michael Holmberg. “We strengthened both financially and strategically over the past twelve months, and our focus on creating organic growth has continued.“The regulation of the Swedish gaming market came into effect on 1 January 2019, and we put a big focus on activating a new Swedish compliance strategy at the end of 2018 to ensure our sites follow robust compliance criteria.  “With a clear compliance strategy executed, we can now focus resources on driving traffic to our new and existing regulated partners in Sweden with which we have established long-term deals. It is still early days and the operators and players are adapting to the new setting, but we believe the market will normalise over time and we see many opportunities ahead.“All in all, I am very proud of the progress and achievements made by the team in 2018, and look forward to the company’s continued growth journey in 2019.”last_img read more