Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Palembang Not Ready For SEA Games, Says Indonesian Legislator

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21 (Bernama) -- With 10 more months to go, Palembang, one of the host cities for the 26th SEA Games in November, has shown slow progress in building the infrastructure for the biennial event, an Indonesian legislator said.

A member of House of Representatives' Commission X overseeing the Games, Reny Marlinawati was quoted by the Jakarta Post that the city has yet to build the athletes village and promote the games.

"Some of the future venues were still swamps and bushes. Others had no foundation. Most supporting infrastructure has not been built at all," Reny said.

She said the only venue that was ready was the Jakabaring football stadium but "it also needs renovation."

She also said promotion was also needed to psyche the people up for the regional event.

Indonesia's Youth and Sports Minister Dr Andi Mallarangeng said a team from the central government would be visiting Palembang on a monthly basis to check on the city's readiness in hosting the regional game.

"It will start with Vice-President Boediono's visits on Friday," he said.

Dr Andi also said that the government and legislators agreed to form a working committee based in Palembang to oversee the development of venues, infrastructure construction and event preparations.

Indonesia will host the biennial event in Jakarta and Palembang from Nov 11-20.


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