Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Time Running Short For SEA Games Test Events

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 (Bernama) -- Less than two months before the 26th SEA Games officially opens in Palembang, host Indonesia are still uncertain over the readiness of certain venues to organise the biennial event.

Despite the move by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono -- who signed a regulation last week that cleared some of the red tape slowing preparations for the Games on Nov 11 -- Indonesia's SEA Games Organising Committee (Inasoc) might move some of the sport events in Palembang to Jakarta.

According to online newspaper Jakarta Globe, the current problem centres on the aquatic centre at Jakabaring Sports City, Palembang.

Jakarta Globe quoted Inasoc deputy chairman Djoko Pramono as saying that the country's sports federation must hold their test events despite the uncertain status of several venues.

The aquatic centre was scheduled to host the Asian Age Group Swimming Championships from Oct 5-13 but the Indonesian Swimming Assocation moved the event to Gelora Bung Karno aquatic centre in Jakarta, after it learned the venue in Palembang would not be completed on time.

The other incomplete venue is the athletics stadium, also at Jakabaring Sports City.

The South Sumatran Open was originally set for Sept 20-25 but was re-scheduled to next month.

Inasoc might also relocate the shooting event from the new range at Jakabaring Sports City to the old Sriwijaya range.

"We have made a back-up plan for shooting. We are preparing the old shooting range, the Sriwijaya shooting range in Palembang that hosted the national games in 2004," said Djoko.

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