Jakarta. After signing the 2018 Asian Games host cities contract just last year, Indonesia plans to adjust the terms, including the budget, it was revealed during a meeting with representatives of the Olympic Council of Asia in Jakarta on Thursday.
Rita Subowo, president of the Indonesia Olympic Committee (KOI), said the organization was ready to facilitate the renegotiation between the government and the OCA.
“I think it is understandable. Host cities of multisport events are usually given seven to eight years for preparation after signing a contract with the OCA,” Rita said at a press conference after the meeting.
“But we have less than four years now after agreeing to replace Vietnam in hosting the 2018 Games. The government is advised to renegotiate with the OCA so that we can prepare the Games our way. Hopefully it would cost less than the previous prediction.”
The government, she said, can learn from the inaugural Asian Beach Games hosted in Bali in 2008, in which Indonesia was expected to allocate $5 million in fees to the OCA for marketing rights.
“After a renegotiation, we were allowed to just deposit $500,000. I’m optimistic everything will run smoothly,” Rita said.
She added the upcoming OCA executive board meeting, slated for May 21 to 24 in Iran, would be the right time for Indonesia to discuss the matter with the OCA.
At the meeting, Indonesia is scheduled to present its progress report on the Games preparations.
“We hope we will be ready with the master plan. We are also expecting the government to issue a presidential decree soon so the organizing committee can start work immediately,” Rita said.
KOI and other representatives have agrees to the 20 items listed in the Asian Games budget, which includes accommodation, transportation and broadcast rights.
Twelve trial events held in 2017 will be hosted in renovated venues, such as the aquatic stadium and velodrome.
Wei Jizhong, OCA honorary life vice president, said the OCA was confident Indonesia would make a good host.
“As you know the OCA maintains its cooperation with the Indonesia Asian Games organizers. Today is the first time the OCA together with the organizers meet to prepare the guidelines and the contents of our master plan. Organizers will report the results of the meeting to the government. And in May, we’ll report it to the OCA executive board meeting,” Wei said.
“We have formed the solutions for all pending issues. This is a very good start with the master plan.
“You know what to do, how to do, when to do, and who will do it. In the host city contract, the nation will fix a certain amount of fees and will pay it to the OCA to guarantee a good promotion, IT and broadcast plans. We will return the money to Indonesia.
“Now in Jakarta, the OCA is undertaking a big task. Not only for Asia but for the world. The OCA, with the organizers, will try our best to reduce the cost in maintaining a high quality event,” Wei said.
“This is the International Olympic Committee’s new policy. We will avoid new construction. If we succeed in that, this will create a new experience for hosting the Olympic Games.
“The Olympics only has 28 games. Here we have more,” Wei said.
The next meeting will be held in co-host city Palembang, South Sumatra, in June.
The meeting is scheduled to discuss the number of sports to be competed at the 2018 Games.