Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Indonesia To Organise SEA Games Test Events Before November

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 6 (Bernama) -- Indonesia is expected to carry out a series of test events ahead of the 26th SEA Games on Nov 11-23.

Rachmat Gobel, director of Indonesia's SEA Games organising committee was quoted by the Jakarta Globe online portal as saying that despite budget shortfalls, co-host cities Palembang and Jakarta must prepare to hold test events prior to the actual games.

The south Sumatra capital of Palembang will host test events for nearly 20 sports beginning this month.

The Indonesian Swimming Association will organise the Asian Age Group Championships from Sept 29 to Oct 6 which include including swimming, diving, synchronised swimming and water polo.

The aquatics centre in Jakabaring Sports City is expected to be completed by then.

Billiards, baseball and softball will hold invitational championships this month and so are fin swimming, shooting and wrestling.

In Jakarta, the Indonesian Karate-Do Federation hosted the Indonesia Open Karate Championship from May 30 to June 1 at Gelora Bung Karno Tennis Indoor Stadium while the Indonesian Badminton Association held the Indonesian Open Super Series Premier in June.

The Indonesian Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs provided US$17,600 (RM52,580) to all 43 sports associations to hold test events.


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