JAKARTA, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian Ministry of Sport will establish a sports center in Europe for pencak silat, the country's traditional martial art.
Pencak silat is a full-body martial art, incorporating strikes, grappling and throwing in addition to weaponry.
Indonesian Youth and Sport minister Imam Nahrawi said in a statement that the building of the sports center is part of the country's efforts to include the sport in the forthcoming Olympics.
During his visit to the Netherlands, Indonesia's top pencak silat athlete Puspa Arumsari performed the sport in front of local people.
"We all have to struggle to make pencak silat go global," Nahrawi stressed.
Pencak silat is one of the sports seen in region-wide competitions including the 1987 Southeast Asian Games and the 2018 Asian Games.