Indonesian Pencak Silat Association, or IPSI, will host the 17th World Pencak Silat Championships at Lila Buana sports hall in Denpasar, Bali on Dec. 3.
IPSI committee head Eddy Prabowo said that athletes will compete in 24 categories, 18 of which are martial arts and six are in the arts.
“Preparations are still underway and we will continue to coordinate with our counterparts in Bali,” Eddy said in Jakarta on Tuesday (15/11).
Eddy said there are already athletes from 32 countries who have signed up for the event and athletes from an additional 13 countries have yet to confirm their attendance.
“We don’t only expect to be a successful organizer, but also to be the major winner,” he added.
Meanwhile, Erizal Chaniago, secretary general of the association, said that they have selected the country’s 28 best martial artists.
“We’ve selected 28 of the best out of 71 who competed at various tournaments recently. They are now being trained at a national camp in Jakarta,” Erizal said.