Some encouraging news came from Indonesian sports world. After being defeated in SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last August, the Indonesian sports world is quite proud of some of the achievements reached by of Indonesian soccer and badminton athletes. On Saturday (23/09), Indonesia received six awards at ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) 2017 Awards in Nusa Dua, Bali. The awards were given to former Chairman of Indonesian Football Association (PSSI), the late Cardoon, Andik Vermansyah, footballer of Selangor FC, Kurnia Mega Hermansyah of Arema Malang, Rizki Rizaldi Pora of Barito Putra, Stefano Lilipaly of Bali United and Boas Theofilus Erwin Salossa of Persipura Jayapura.

AFF Data Sri Paul Mony Live Service Award was bestowed to the late Cardoon for his commitment, dedication and great contribution to the development of football both in Indonesia and ASEAN. In addition to the late Cardoon, four Indonesian footballers, namely Kurnia Mega, Rizki Rizaldi, Stefano Lilipaly, and Boas Solossa received "AFF Best XI in The AFF Suzuki Cup 2016" awards. The awards are forms of appreciation to the players who have shown special performance during the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup tournament.

Meanwhile, Andik Vermansyah receives "Best Goal in The AFF Suzuki Cup 2016" award. The award was an appreciation of Andik’s volley kick from inside the penalty box to Singapore in the preliminary round of Group A of AFF Cup 2016. The goal was rated as the most beautiful goal throughout the tournament. Indonesian football achievements do not stop here. Indonesia’s U-16 national team recorded the best results by qualifying for the U-16 Asia Cup 2018 in Malaysia after winning the group in the qualifying round. This is the first time for Indonesia’s U-16 national team to compete in the U-16 Asian Cup finals since 2010. Their last appearance at that time only reached the third rank of Group A, together with Uzbekistan, Jordan, and Tajikistan.

In Badminton, Indonesia’s pair Men's doubles Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo won the champion title of Japan Open Super Series 2017 last September 24, 2017. Kevin / Marcus beat the host couple, Takuto Inoue / Yuki Kaneko, with the score of 21-12 and 21- 15. Still in badminton, Indonesia’s contingent struggling in ASEAN Para Games 2017 managed to come out as the general champion on Friday (22/9), by grabbing 117 gold medals, 70 silver and 46 bronze. In the ASEAN Para Games, this achievement is the second time for Indonesia’s contingent. Previously, Indonesia also won in Myanmar in 2014.

Of course the achievements in football and badminton are not supposed to make Indonesian athletes and people satisfied. The achievements are expected to trigger other sports to get the best achievements. Moreover, in 2018, Indonesia will host the 18th Asian Games which will commence on August 18, 2018. The hope requires support not only from the government but also the private sectors and all people of Indonesia. Hopefully, Indonesian athletes can improve their achievements and bring back Indonesia's glory in sports.

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