Jakarta. The Indonesian National Sports Committee, or KONI, is establishing a national high-performance sports academy to train top-quality athletes and coaches.
KONI chairman Tono Suratman said he wanted to upgrade Indonesia's athletes and coaches through higher education.
"The plan to form the academy has been supported by the Ministry of Higher Education," Tono told Suara Pembaruan last week.
In the first year, the academy, or Akornas, will only provide vocational degree courses and prioritize swimming, taekwondo and badminton. The courses will start at the Jakarta State University campus, before the academy moves to its own premises.
"Beside coaching modules, Akornas will teach subjects such as leadership and sports psychology, which are also important for coaches," Tono said.
While a secondary sports school has been running in Ragunan, South Jakarta, since the late 1970s, Akornas will be the first institution to offer sports education at a university level.
Akornas is registering students from Oct. 3 to Oct. 15. The courses will begin on Oct. 24.