Jakarta. The Indonesian Football Association, or PSSI, has entered into a partnership with the Social Security Administration Body for Employment, or BPJS Ketenagakerjaan, to provide national team players, including those in the junior teams, with accident and unemployment insurance.
BPJS Ketenagakerjaan will cover risks to footballers, such as injuries and accidents during training. The partnership was established on Aug. 28, with the PSSI having registered 103 players.
"Thirty-three players in the under-23 team, 36 in under-19 and 34 in under-16 now have unemployment insurance, so the risks of being a footballer are now underwritten by the BPJS," said Tonny Tanamal, head of the BPJS Ketenagakerjaan branch in Mampang, South Jakarta.
Ilyas Lubis, director for membership expansion and inter-agency relations at BPJS Ketenagakerjaan, said the partnership with the PSSI is expected to encourage other sports to follow, so that Indonesian athletes can be more secure.
Ilyas added that the BPJS will also provide coverage for socioeconomic risks, and not only occupational hazards. The additional benefits include discounts in merchant-to-merchant cooperation, such as hotels and restaurants, and mortgage financing with low interest rates.
"The athletes protected by our program will be calmer and not worried if they have accidents or injuries related to their roles as athletes, so they can focus more on improving their performance on the ground and be more motivated to win every game," Ilyas said.
"With the participation of the PSSI, we believe thorough coverage can be achieved. We also certainly hope the PSSI will keep using our service so the BPJS program can benefit the athletes," he added.