Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono saw off the Indonesian contingent to the 25th SEA Games in Laos held on December 8-18, 2009 at the State Palace here on Friday.
Present in the ceremony was flanked by Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono, Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik, Youth and Sports Minister Andi Mallarangeng, and Minister/State Secretary Sudi Silalahi.
On the occasion head of the Indonesian Sea Games contingent Alex Noordin acted as the master of ceremony in which President Yudhoyono handed a Red-and-White flag to National Sports Council (KONI)`s chairperson Rita Subowo.
The Indonesian Sea Games contingent is made up of 515 athletes: 209 men and 136 women, 99 coaches, 28 managers, and 43 staffers, to compete in 22 of 25 sports.
The athletes from 21 provinces, include 110 from Jakarta, 84 from East Java, and from West Java and Central Java 51 each.
The Indonesian football team had already left for Laos on November 30, 2009, while the main contingent, to be led by Alex Noordin, will leave on December 7, 2009.