Jakarta. Sportsmen representing Indonesia in the 2018 Asian Games must at least secure a top ten position in their respective competitions, a minister said.
"Achieving medals is actually under the Ministry of Sports' purview, but I've asked the Minister of Sports [Imam Nahrawi] to encourage our players to set a goal of at least finishing in in the eighth to 10th place in their respective sports competitions," Coordinating Human Development and Cultural Affairs Minister Puan Maharani said after a meeting with Vice President Jusuf Kalla.
"To realize that target, there should be some sort of motivation for the athletes," she added.
However the sports minister said that Kalla, who has been appointed to supervise the event, suggested that the ministry prioritize certain sports where there is a better chance of achieving these goals.
"Kalla said that we should prioritize sports where Indonesian players have excelled," Imam said. "A bonus will be awarded to athletes which will be more than what we previously awarded them with at Incheon [2014 Asian Games] where up to Rp 400 million ($29,908) was awarded per gold medal at the time," he added.
Imam also revealed that the government and Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee, or Inasgoc — a special committee formed by the sports ministry and the Indonesian Olympic Committee — aim to make the event which is estimated to cost Rp 8.7 trillion, more cost-effective.
"We've set the maximum budget at Rp 4 trillion, but we plan to recalculate the costs involved. The point is to make the sports event as cost-effective as possible," he said.
In addition to the budget, Puan also said that the government will invite private companies to co-sponsor the event.
"It's not possible to wholly fund the Asian Games using the state budget. Therefore, the government will invite private companies to co-sponsor the event. All stakeholders need to take part," she said.
Inasgoc has not received Rp 500 billion as promised by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who has yet to sign the presidential regulation authorizing the transfer.