Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo plans to hand over bonuses to Indonesian athletes who have won medals at this year's Asian Games before the event's closing ceremony on Sunday (02/09).
The government has repeatedly promised to give each gold medalist a Rp 1.5 billion ($102,000) bonus, a landed house and a fast track into the public service, police or military.
"It is planned for 10 a.m. on Sunday. The president wants those bonuses to reach the athletes as soon as possible, before their sweat dries," Indonesian chef de mission Syafruddin told team managers and sports officials during a breakfast meeting at the Asian Games athletes' village in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, on Friday.
He added that the bonuses are a form of appreciation to the athletes.
Indonesia was in fourth place on the medal table with a total of 91 medals – 30 gold, 23 silver and 38 bronze – as of Friday afternoon.
"We set a target to be in the top 10, but by God's grace, our fourth place will not change until the closing ceremony," Syafruddin said.
As newly appointed minister of bureaucratic reform, Syafruddin promised to speed up the process for those athletes wishing to become civil servants.
"Those who did not contribute any medals still have a chance [to become civil servants] because in October, we will have a selection process for civil servant candidates," he said.