Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi and Deputy Minister Gatot Dewa Broto during a press conference at the offices of the Indonesian Badminton Federation (PBSI) in Cipayung, Jakarta, in this June file photo. (Photo courtesy of Twitter/Gatot Dewa Broto)

Sports Ministry Responds to Tommy Sugiarto's Olympic Budget Allegation

BY :HENDRO SITUMORANG

JULY 23, 2016

Jakarta. The Ministry of Youth and Sports said it will investigate a claim by national badminton player Tommy Sugiarto that he never received any equipment or supplies as promised by the Indonesian Olympic Committee, or KOI, during his preparation for the 2016 Rio Games.

Gatot Dewa Broto, the deputy minister for high-performance sports, said his side will try to dig deeper into Tommy's case.

"I did not know that there was a member of the contingent who complained about not receiving the promised supplies and equipment for the Olympics. If there are complaints related to that, we will have to find out where the funds were channeled to," Gatot told Suara Pembaruan on Friday (22/07).

"Rp 35 billion [$2,6 million] is not a small amount of money. Our main concern is to make athletes competitive and focused. I want to make sure this case is not repeated in the future," he said.

According to Gatot, all the funds from the Olympics budget were given to Indonesia's high-performance institute Satlak Prima, with part of it coming from the sports ministry.

"As far as I know, we have delivered the funds for the athletes' preparation to compete in 2016 Rio Olympics a long time ago and there was no problem," he said.

Regarding Tommy's case, Gatot said he did not wish to intervene in the alleged conflict between Tommy's father Icuk Sugiarto and senior officials of the Indonesian Badminton Federation (PBSI).

"We don't want to interfere in the PBSI's internal affairs. The most important thing is that we've provided funds for equipment and the shuttlers' preparation. All the funds were reported and are accounted for in detail to all Olympic sports, including weightlifting and badminton," he said.

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