IOC Bars Sports Ministry From Using 'Olympic' Terminology for New Athletic Center

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will not allow Indonesia to designate a newly developed site for high-performance athletes as an 'Olympic Center.' (Reuters Photo/Kevin Coombs)

By : Amal Ganesha | on 7:42 PM January 05, 2017
Category : Sports, More Sports, Featured, Olympic

Jakarta. The International Olympic Committee will not allow Indonesia to call a newly developed site for high-performance athletes an "Olympic Center," as the world sports governing body restricts the use of the term.

The sports center is located at the Ministry of Youth and Sports' subsidiary office in Cibubur, East Jakarta, with development projected to be completed in December this year.

It is designed to support elite athletes in 11 disciplines, aimed at helping them win more medals and break more records at major sporting events.

Development of the site began after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo reflected on Indonesia's impressive achievements at the 2016 Rio Olympics, having won one gold and two silver medals.

Jokowi urged the Sports Ministry to develop a center that prioritizes the highest-achieving sports.

The name of the new site will require further brainstorming after the IOC declared its objection.

"We are still considering [the name]. At the moment, we provisionally call it the Indonesia Institute of Sports," Sports Ministry spokesman Gatot Dewa Broto said on Thursday (05/01).

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