?Indonesian Pencak Silat Team won 9 gold medals, 2 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals in the 18th Open Belgian Pencak Silat Championship held in Schoten, Belgium, on 4-5 May 2013. The team beat their competitors from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Malaysia, Switzerland, Suriname, The Netherlands, UK, and Viet Nam.
The gold medal winners from Indonesia are Awaludin Nur (Male A category), Mohamad Rusdin Adhan (Male C), Sapto Purnomo (Male D), Nyoman Ardika Saputrawan (Male H), Bagaskoro Sulistyo Wibowo (Male I), Weny Sasmita (Female B) , Wewey Wita (Female C), and Mariati (Female E). Yulinar Tikasari (Female A) and Piepet Kamelia (Female D) won silver medals for Indonesia, while Afriansyah (Male F) and Muhammad Riski Wijaya (Male G) won bronze medals.
Pencak silat has developed for more than three decades in Belgium. Last year, Bond Pencak Silat Belgium (BPSB) celebrated its 30th anniversary. Aside from 18 Open Belgian Pencak Silat Championship, BPSB has successfully organized 3 (three) European Pencak Silat Championship. At his opening speech (04/05), Ambassador Arif Havas Oegroseno expressed his appreciation for the organization of the championship and for the President of Bond Pencak Silat Belgium (BPSB) Ludo Pieters’ dedicated efforts in promoting pencak silat in Belgium.
The participation of young athletes from Belgium and its neighbouring countries shows that Indonesian martial arts has successfully caught the interest of younger generation in those countries. The diverse background of the participants, as highlighted by H.E. Ambassador Arif Havas Oegroseno in his speech on the opening ceremony (04/05), makes the participants as ambassadors for Indonesian martial arts in their respective countries. Ambassador Oegroseno also expressed his hope that a true friendship might develop among the participants.
For European pencak silat athletes, Open Belgian Pencak Silat Championship is considered as more important than the European Pencak Silat Championship for 2 (two) reasons: 1) its inclusive nature; and 2) participation of world-class athletes, especially from Asia.