Humanity more important than winning: Widodo thanks Filipino surfer Casugay for saving Indonesian rival
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has expressed gratitude to Filipino surfer Roger Casugay for saving his countryman during the regional surfing competition in the Philippines.
Widodo took to Twitter to laud Casugay’s decision to give up a chance to win the gold in order to save his opponent at the Southeast Asian Games.
“Winning the competition and upholding sportsmanship is important, but humanity is above all. My appreciation for Roger Casugay, a Filipino surfer who gave up the golden opportunity to help Indonesian athletes who fell in the race. Greetings from Indonesia,” he tweeted.
Casugay won the hearts of many for his heroism when he saved his Indonesian competitor Arip Nurhidayat whose surfing leash broke during one of the matches in the men’s longboarding event.
Memenangkan kompetisi dan menjunjung sportivitas itu penting, tapi kemanusiaan di atas segalanya.— Joko Widodo (@jokowi) December 9, 2019
Apresiasi saya untuk Roger Casugay, peselancar Filipina yang melepas kesempatan meraih emas demi menolong atlet Indonesia yang terjatuh dalam lomba.
Salam hormat dari Indonesia. pic.twitter.com/5c5CJoccCQ