INDONESIAN TRADIONAL SPORTS
BY: MICHAEL AND JOSEPH 7D
Galasin (Pole Salt)
SIlat is an Indonesian native martial art, and Pencak silat is an umbrella term for the indigenous Marital art created in Indonesia. The leading Organization of pencak silat in Indonesia is IPSI (Ikatan Pencak Silat Indonesia meaning Organization for Indonesian Pencak Silat). The liaison body for international pencak silat is the International Pencak Silat Association or PERSILAT. There is many perguruan (schools) and styles of pencak silat in Indonesia. Pencak silat has become one of sporting event in Pekan Olahraga and Southeast Asia Games with Indonesia as appear as one of the leading force in this sport. This martial art sport is also popular in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Polo and other equestrian sports have a deep history in Indonesia, dating back to 1930s in the era of Dutch settlement. Once the effects of 1998 economic crisis faded away, this equestrian sport, especially polo gained recognition and excitement among Indonesia's polo, equestrian and sports enthusiasts.
In Indonesia, polo is governed by the Indonesian Polo Association which stands together with PP. PORDASI under KONI. The Indonesian Polo Team represented Indonesia in the 2007 South East Asian Games in Thailand and had good results in South East Asian regional competitions. Indonesia only has one polo field at Nusantara Polo Club.