Indonesian president Joko Widodo on Monday thanked Filipino surfer Roger Casugay for saving his compatriot at the Southeast Asian Games.
"Winning the competition and upholding sportsmanship is important, but humanity is above all," Widodo tweeted in his native language.
"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."
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
Casugay rescued Arip Nurhidayat on Friday after the Indonesian broke his leash and got swept by the waves in the middle of the surfing competition in La Union.
The Filipino, who won hearts on social media with his kind deed, eventually won the gold medal in the men's longboard on Sunday.
—MGP, GMA News