President Joko Widodo's administration just announced its ninth package on Jan. 27. (Antara Photo/Widodo S. Jusuf)

Jokowi Wants Asian Games, Moto GP Facilities Ready This Year

BY :CARLOS K.Y. PAATH & HENDRO D. SITUMORANG

JANUARY 11, 2016

Jakarta. President Joko Widodo told his cabinet and other senior officials on Monday that preparations for the 2017 Indonesian Moto Grand Prix and the 2018 Asian Games should be completed before the end of the year, to ensure that the two prestigious events can to be held successfully.

"[Regarding] the Asian Games in 2018, I want to ask again particularly about the preparation of venues," Joko said.

During the meeting, the president urged work on facilities to be sped up so that everything can be completed this year.

"The details are important as the time for the events to kick off is near," he said.

Joko said he also wanted to check progress on other facilities to support the events, such as transportation.

Indonesia has a four-year period for preparation, significantly shorter than the usual six years.

The country was offered to host the Asian Games only in September 2014, following the withdrawal of original host Vietnam, for economic reasons.

The Asian Games are to be held in Jakarta, South Sumatra, West Java and Banten.

On Moto GP preparations, Joko specifically stressed the need to speed up the preparation of Sentul Circuit, south of the capital. The government is working to secure funds for renovation of the circuit but is still waiting for a comprehensive proposal to be finalized.

MotoGP organizer Dorna Sports has set a deadline of Jan 31 for the renovation master plan, but that plan is still nowhere to be seen.

"We haven't received any master plan for Sentul Circuit, so we cannot propose the presidential decision [to allocate funds]," Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi said.

The master plan must cover not only the track, but also spectator seating and hotel development in the area, the minister added.

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