Jakarta. Construction of the government-initiated Cibubur Olympic Center commenced with Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi and several state officials attending the ground-breaking ceremony on Wednesday (02/11).
Imam, who was accompanied by Deputy Sports Minister Gatot Dewa Broto, House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Fahri Hamzah, National Sports Committee chairman Tono Suratman and Achmad Sutjipto, chairman of Satlak Prima high performance institute, said the goal is to deliver accomplishments in international sporting competitions.
"As we must deliver a distinct achievement in the 2018 Asian Games and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, this Olympic Center will be the place where elite athletes train for gold medals to pay tribute to their country," Imam said, as quoted on the official website of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The site, which is located at the Center for National Sports and Youth Empowerment (PP-PON) in Cibubur, East Jakarta, will be home to elite athletes in sports in which Indonesians normally excel, such as weightlifting, archery, badminton and boxing.
The Olympic Center includes a national sports hospital, athletes' residence, sports science center and lab and several sporting halls.
The estimated Rp 390 billion ($29 million) needed for construction of the facility comes from the Sports Ministry's 2017 budget. The first phase of the development is expected to be completed by the end of this year, with additional funding from the Ministry of Public Works and Housing amounting to Rp 16 billion.
"We got support from President Joko Widodo, the House and the Ministry of Finance to complete the facility as soon as possible," the minister said.