Dapat kiriman tulisan dalam Bahasa Inggris dari Gita Tri Rahayu. Katanya, ini adalah Tugas Akhir di tempatnya les Bahasa Inggris dan hasrus dipresentasikan ke hadapan para pembimbingnya. Nice writing :D
Indonesian Basketball: Who Is Responsible?
by: Gita Tri Rahayu
As we all know our daily life cannot be separated with sport. If we want to be a healthy person, we need to do some sports. In Indonesia there are a lot kinds of sports, such as football, badminton, basketball and many more. Both badminton and football have enough attention from the government, the society, and the media. It can be seen from the number of impressions of football and badminton on the TV. And also from the number of viewers who come directly to the game or the viewers who watch it on TV. But it’s not happened in basketball, although, Indonesian basketball has a lot of achievement. So, to make it better and better to get more achievement, Indonesian basketball needs support from various aspects. Indonesian basketball needs more attention from the government, the society, and the media.
First of all, one of national basketball competition is held by private company. It is something that really embarrassing to know. Maybe there are a lot of questions that appear like, why it is hold by private company? or, why the government won’t hold it?. The answer of that question is because the government doesn’t have enough budget for basketball than if we compare it with other sports like football and badminton. The government won’t hold it because to organize basketball competition needs big amount of money. Other reason why it isn’t held by the government is because the government think that they will lose if they hold it. Why? Because just a few people want to watch it. And the last reason is because the lack of sponsorship to organize the competition Second, Indonesian basketball has a lot of achievement. Although, there are many problems to hold a competition in Indonesia, there are a lot of achievement that Indonesian Basketball get. But only a few people know about it. Why? Because it is something that very rare to see an impression from Indonesian basketball on TV, on radio or other media. Having the same reason with the government, the media won’t show it because media think they will lose to show it. Because to show an impression, media need a big amount of money, and if there are only few people want to watch it, they will be lose. The other achievement is that Indonesian basketball still achieve in Asean even in international competition. These are some of the achievement that Indonesian basketball got (national team):
• 2nd champion in Ganefo competition : 1963, 1966
• Runner up ASEAN student competition : 1991
• 7th times got bronze medal in Sea Games : 1979, 1989, 1993(men & women), 1997, 1999, 2001
• Silver medal in Sea Games: 1991, 2001, 2007
And we hope in 26th Sea Games that will be hold in Indonesia , Indonesian basketball can get silver medal or even gold medal.
Third, there are some negative opinions about our national basketball, such as people are pessimistic about the ability of national basketball. People are pessimistic because they don’t know really well about the achievement that Indonesian basketball got. Other opinion is people think that it is a kind of boring sport. They think that other kind of sports in Indonesia is better than basketball. Whereas, if we compare it with other sports like football, basketball is not a boring sports. Can you imagine, to make a goal in football need a long time. And it is different with basketball that to make score only in seconds. Our eyes cannot be moved from the game. So, the reason that it is a boring sport is a big mistake. The last opinion is that basketball can only be enjoyed by certain people. It is a really wrong opinion, because they who don’t know, think that they need a big amount of money to watch basketball. Otherwise, if they know, they won’t say like that. For example, one of the basketball competitions in Indonesia like NBL (National Basketball League) they only need Rp. 20.000, with that amount people can enjoy to watch. And something that really make us proud in Indonesian basketball is the viewers or supporters are so supportive. In the history of Indonesian Basketball, there is no riot, because the team that they support is lose. Really different with football supporter in Indonesia.
Fourthly, Indonesian Basketball needs support from various aspects, such as the government, the society, and the media. To make Indonesian Basketball has a better future, it really needs a big support from those aspects. It really needs sponsorship. We can’t deny that to organize a competition needs a big amount of money that some of the money can be gotten from the sponsorship. So, if Indonesian Basketball has enough sponsorship, it will be easier to organize a competition. Besides that, the government should give more budget to basketball. So, with enough budget to hold a competition is something that is easy. And the most important support is from the society. People can support Indonesian Basketball by coming directly to the event or at least watching it on TV. This is something that very difficult, because it is about the sense of the society. But if you don’t like you should try to watch it before you say that you don’t like. So, you have a reason to say that you don’t like, or maybe you will say that you like basketball.
The last but not least, basketball should be socialized from an early age to be closer to Indonesian people. So, basketball in Indonesia will be something that very usual that we can see. Besides that, if it socialized from an early age, it will increase the ability to play basketball in Indonesia. And also to increase the endearment to Indonesians. If it happen to get better achievement in the future is something which is not impossible.
In conclusion, Indonesian Basketball has a lot of proudly achievement, but it doesn’t have enough support from the government, the society, and the media. So, to support our national basketball to have a better future, Indonesian basketball needs more attention and support from the government, the society, and the media, such as the government gives more budget to basketball, the media gives more support by increasing the number of basketball impressions on TV, on the radio or other program. And the most important, the society can support by coming directly to the game or just watching it when it air on TV.