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THE 17 TH NATIONAL GAMES 2008
National Games dubbed as PON began its history with its first organization in 1948 in Solo. Triggered by the failure of Indonesia’s participation in Olympic Games XIV London 1948, this multi-event sport games aimed at showing the existence of the Republic of Indonesia proclaimed on August 17, 1945 as well as to strengthen national unity sentiment among Indonesian people. Nowadays, besides as a means of encouraging spirit of national unity, PON is four yearly arranged with a purpose of measuring the national sport achievement in Indonesia.
PON XVII is held from July 5 to 17, 2008 in East Kalimantan province. It is the fourth national multi-event sport games held outside Java, after PON III 1953 in Medan, PON IV 1957 in Makassar and the previous PON XVI 2004 in Palembang. Totally of 56 sport event is competed in several venues located in Samarinda, Balikpapan, Kutai Kartanegara, Bontang, Berau and Tarakan. The mascots of this game are Porpoise, Orangutan and Hornbill as distinctive fauna of Kalimantan Island.
In commemoration this sport event in Indonesia, the stamp series of PON XVII 2008 is issued on the date of its opening. The stamp designs feature Palaran Main Stadium and three competed sports events, i.e. Bodybuilding, Steeplechase and Mointain Bike.
Palaran Main Stadium is a main venue of PON XVII. Located in Samarinda, the opening and the closing ceremony will be held in this stadium. Palaran Stadium capacity is about 45.000, with a sufficiency infrastructure, this stadium is suitable for national or international sport events.
Bodybuilding competies aesthetic appearance of body, both shape and size in revealing muscles. In this sport, athletes show of their bodies by performing some poses to a panel of judge. The winner is decided by the highest score from the panel.
Steeplechase is an athletics event competed in 3.000 m long race track. Overall, the runners have to pass through a total of 28 barriers and 7 water jumps. The barrier’s height are 914 mm for men and 762 mm for women. The water jump pit are 3.66 m long and 700 mm deep sloping upward at the barrier’s end to even with the surface of the track.
Mountain Bike is a bicycle race held in roughly terrain gravel track. This individual sport competition needs endurance, bike handling skills as well as self reliance. Usually, it uses off road track at country side or forest. The bike is characterized by wide and knobby tires, reinforced large frame and shock absorber suspension.
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Stamp Sales Period : 05 July 2008 – 31 December 2011
Period of Validity For Postage : 05 July 2008 – 31 December 2013