Around 20 thousand people packed the circle traffic of Hotel Indonesia (HI) to enliven the walking-together activity to commemorate the world walking Day, Sunday (10/10). This event is part of the series of National Sports Day falling on 9 September.
Indonesia Vice President Boediono said the event held for the first time is part of the efforts to popularize sport and make people like sport. He also told people to make sport as a hobby. "Although I am always busy, I always have time to walk every Sunday. The result, I feel healthy. So I launch this movement as the day of national walking," he said, Sunday (10/10).
The event was held by Ministry of Youth and Sports and Ministry of Health. Indonesia Vice President Boediono opened symbolically this event by flying the start blue flag as well as released thousands of participants who simultaneously walked along Jl MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta. This event was enlivened by several attractions such as lion dance (barongsai), martial arts, etc.
The event was also attended by Minister of Youth and Sports Andi Mallarangeng, Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hassan, Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo and some other officials. "In addition to Car Free Day (HBKB) activity which is held regularly, this activity is also expected to minimize the level of pollution in Jakarta. Besides healthier through exercise, the quality of air also improved," Fauzi Bowo said.