September 9th is Indonesian Sports Day. It is quite unpopular among citizens instead of Independence Day or Heroes Day. So, why does it not popular? Indonesian, as the member of developed country doesn’t think that sport and exercise is important. It’s not been their life style yet. The willingness to reach and add prosperity becomes the only need to gain their pride. Physical needed is not placed in the first priority of people’s lives.
Although the government holds such kind of big event to commemorate that day, people’s euphoria isn’t great as its budget. The lack of exercise consciousness doesn’t happen that easy. That exercise need should be build since in childhood. Children have the golden period to remember all things they learn. They need to understand that exercise is needed for their body and health. Physical Education in school need to be revised as well as the era grows. It helps children to let them know how exercise is so important in their lives.
In some years recent, in some big cities in Indonesia, government holds a kind of day that the vehicles are not allowed to pass in main road. It’s called CFD (Car Free Day). It decreases the volume of pollution and gives more space for people doing exercise like jogging or walking. Unfortunately, instead of exercising people are having trade there. Some of them catch the chance by selling so many kinds of food, fashions, accessories, etc. Most of them come to this area not for exercising, but for shopping.
Indonesian national media is appreciative by showing and reporting the events correlating with Sports Day. They also invite some athletes in their interview session to gain our spirit in winning some international competition. They almost forget that National Sports Day is not for athletes only. It’s not about winning competition only, but building our characters. It’s not about commemorating that day, but reminding ourselves about the importance of exercise.