Jakarta, Indonesia, December 31, 2022 – Proliga, the Indonesia’s professional top level competition for volleyball clubs, has planned to use video challenge technology in the nation’s topflight contest which will be held from January 5 to March 19, 2023 in eight major cities in Indonesia.

“We will use this video challenge in the implementation of the Final Four in the 2023 Proliga Grand Final,” said Proliga Director Mr Hanny S. Surkatty.

As publicly known, the first Final Four round of 2023 Proliga will take place at GOR Tri Dharma Gresik from February 23 to 26. The competitive competition then continues its second round at GOR Jatidiri Semarang during March 2 and 5. The third round will take place at GOR Srirex Arena Solo between March 9 and 12. After that, thrills await adoring fans when the competition will come to a close with the highly-anticipated Grand Final at GOR Amongrogo Yogyakarta on March 18 and 19.

The existence of this video challenge at the 2023 Proliga event will make volleyball the first sport in Indonesia to use this state-of-the-art technology in national sports competitions in the country.

According to Hanny, the temporary use of this video challenge will be applied only in the Final Four to the Grand Final. “We will test this first in the Final Four until the Grand Final. Later in the near future this technology will be used in all matches from the regular round,” he explained.

In his speech at the recent press conference, Mr Imam Sudjarwo, President of National Volleyball Federation of Indonesia, praised the use of video challenge at the 2023 Proliga event. “This is a form of commitment from PBVSI in advancing volleyball in the country, especially in the Proliga,” he was quoted as saying.

He pointed out that the existence of the video challenge will help reduce protests against the decision of referees or Line Judges who have been officiating the match. “The existence of video challenge will play an important role in decreasing protests from players and coaches in the field,” he added.

After successfully holding the 2022 Proliga with the bubble system at the Indonesia Volleyball Development Center, Sentul, Bogor, at the end of 2022 season, now the 2023 Proliga will be held again in several cities as it had happened before the COVID-19 pandemic.

This highest volleyball competition was suspended in 2020 due to grave concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic that severely hit Indonesia and the world. Then, in 2021 the competition was cancelled and returned in 2022.

The 2023 Proliga will kick off on January 5 at GOR Jalak Harupat Bandung and is due to come to a conclusion in Yogyakarta on March 19.

Eight cities which will host the competition in upcoming season that has entered its 21st year comprise Bandung, Purwokerto, Palembang, Gresik, Malang, Semarang, Solo and Yogyakarta.

In the 2023 season, the competition has been confirmed for participation by eight men’s and six women’s teams. The men’s teams consist of Jakarta Lavani Allo Bank, Surabaya BIN Samator, Jakarta BNI 46, Jakarta Pertamina Pertamax, Palembang Bank SumselBabel, Kudus Sukun Badak and two newcomers Jakarta Bhayangkara Presisi and Jakarta BIN.

Meanwhile, the women’s section comprises Bandung Bank bjb Tandamata, Gresik Petrokimia Pupuk Indonesia, Jakarta Popsivo Polwan, Jakarta Pertamina Fastron, Jakarta Elektrik PLN and newcomers Jakarta BIN.

All 2023 Proliga matches will be broadcast live on Moji TV and, the Indonesia-based over-the-top video streaming service from Elang Mahkota Teknologi (Emtek).

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