Gov't Belatedly Gives Rp 500b Grant for Asian Games Committee

A 2018 Asian Games poster at Indonesia's Sports Ministry. (JG Photo/Amal Ganesha)

By : Hendro Situmorang | on 6:26 PM May 24, 2017
Category : Sports, More Sports, Olympic

Jakarta. The government has finally given the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee, or Inasgoc, Rp 500 billion — around $37 million — out of a promised Rp 4 trillion funding to organize the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang and Jakarta.

Inasgoc said they needed at least Rp 8 trillion to run the event in 2018, but the Indonesian government said they will only subsidize half of that amount. The rest of the money will have to come from sponsorship deals.

"We received the Rp 500 billion grant two weeks ago, but we still need to go through bureaucratic red tape before we can use it. It was supposed to be spent on programs from January to May, so we need to do some recalculation," Eris Heryanto, the newly appointed Inasgoc secretary general, said.

New Structure

Inasgoc on Tuesday (23/05) announced changes to its administrative structure after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo signed a presidential decree to help Inasgoc run smoother and comply with state administrative law.

"We now have three major task forces: administration, facilities and athletes' performance," Inasgoc Chairman Erick Thohir said. "We're recommending some names to fill the new roles," he added.

Before the changes, Inasgoc already had four departments — sporting disciplines, sponsorship, communication and security, each led by a deputy.

Erick and his team answer directly to Vice President Jusuf Kalla, who is the head of the Asian Games steering committee. "Our new structure still needs Kalla's approval," Erick said.

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