Numerous athletes from Universitas Dian Nuswantoro (Udinus) proved their worth amidst the 21st ASEAN University Games (AUG) 2024. At the competition, they earned five gold medals and three silver medals in various sports branches with their fellow athletes. 

In detail, Muhammad Al-Bagir, a Communication Science student, managed to grasp the gold medal in the Futsal sports branch alongside the Indonesian Men’s Futsal team. As for the Taekwondo branch, the gold medal in the under 73kg category was earned by Dinda Putri Lestari, a Management student. 

In the chess branch, Eva Yuli Ana, an English student, successfully garnered a gold medal in the Women’s Standard Chess Team category, as well as two silver medals in both the Women’s Rapid Chess and Women’s Blitz Chess Team categories. 

Meanwhile, Ahmad Hafid, another Management student, won a silver medal in the Wall-climbing branch, particularly the Lead Climbing category. As for the Karate branch, Hera Irnandha triumphantly collected two gold medals in the Women’s Single +68kg Kumite and Women’s Group Kumite categories.

In response to these eight medals, Prof. Dr. Ir. Edi Noersasongko, M.Kom., the Chancellor of Udinus, expressed his utmost pride. According to him, non-academic accomplishments were as important as academic accomplishments. 

“Every student has their own passion, and the campus will support all these positive passions. We routinely instruct our athletes to finish their studies, and they will also be granted scholarships for their magnificent performances at both national and international championships,” he highlighted.

Furthermore, Dr. Rindra Yusianto, M.Kom., the Head of the Student Affairs Bureau at Udinus, also expressed his pride. He highlighted that athletes could also represent the Central Java contingent, in addition to the whole nation. 

“These are indeed remarkable achievements, as they show that our athletes do possess excellent potential on the international level. Hopefully, these athletes can motivate other athletes to bring pride to the alma mater in various competitions,” Rindra concluded. (Humas Udinus/Alex. Foto: Humas Udinus)