In a teleconference at the Youth & Sports Affairs Ministry media centre two days after winning the 100m dash at the U-20 Athletic World Championship in Tampere, Finland, sprinter Lalu Muhammad Zohri expressed his eagerness to meet President Joko Widodo. “Yes, I am really anxious to meet orang besar (big shot), Alhamdulillah,” said Zohri over the phone to Youth and Sports Affair Minister Imam Nahrawi.
On July 18, after a stroll through the palace grounds with the young athlete from West Nusa Tenggara, Jokowi corrected Zohri’s statement: “The big shot is not me, but Zohri. He is the big shot!” For Jokowi, the 18-year-old sprinter is the real achiever, because despite his limitations Zohri worked hard to grab the title of world champion. “This is really an achievement that makes all people proud of Zohri,” he said.