17 April 1999

World community interested on pencak silat

Medan, April 17 (ANTARA) - Pencak silat, Indonesia's traditional self-defence sport, is drawing wide attention among the world community, chairman of the Indonesian Pencak Silat Association (IPSI) Edi M. Nalapraya said here Friday night.

Edi said pencak silat was not only recognized in Indonesia but also in Australia and several European countries like the Netherlands and Germany.

"This condition poses a challenge to the Indonesian people , namely how to preserve and develop this sport," said Edi after attending a ceremony marking the installation of the executive board of IPSI's North Sumatera branch.

He said IPSI was making efforts to have pencak silat accepted as an event in the Asian Games.

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