Dela Kusumawati, as student of the Sports Education Study Program UMS, won 2nd place in the '18th World Pencak Silat Championship’ competition. The competition was held at Hall 1 of OCBC Arena Singapore, on Thursday-Saturday (13-16/12/2018).
It was a tough competition attended by 32 countries from the continents of Asia, America, Europe and Australia. Furthermore, until the end of December 2018, Dela will not returned to the UMS campus because she is still listed as the official member of the Pencak Silat National Team based on the decree issued by the Indonesian Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Dela explicated that before she became the contingent from Indonesia in this international competition, she was called to take part in the selection process. She passed it and immediately joined the training center in East Jakarta.
"On 27 October, PB IPSI summoned me for a selection to attend the world Pencak Silat championship in Singapore. Alhamdulillah, Praise to God, I passed and soon was scheduled to join training center carried out at Padepokan Pencak Silat Indonesia in East Jakarta until 11 December 2018," she explicated when contacted via cellular.
Of all the Indonesian candidates who participated in this selection, 30 athletes with 5 coaches were selected as the representative of Indonesia. Dela herself competed in the female’s Class C with a body weight of 55-60 kg.
Dela revealed that during the rehearsal, the portion of the training had been determined by the coach. In a day, there were 2 to 3 times.
"In the preparation phase, all programs had been set up by the coach team. We only had one week of training for up to six days. Approximately, there were two exercises and one individual training, hence there was a total of three times a day,” she clarified.
Dela also narrated that at the final match, she had to fight against Vietnam’s athlete. At the beginning, she had the chance to excel the points, yet she failed to maintain her performance in the second half. Consequently, her rival from Vietnam managed to catch Dela's points and finally won in the third round.
Dela encourages UMS students who want to show off their excellencies at any competition, especially in the field of Pencak Silat that in order to be successful, they must be smart enough in managing the time between studying and practicing.
"If you are really passionate in the field of sports, never use your study as an excuse to leave the practice and vice versa. Essentially, you have to be wise in your time management," she added.