Preparations for ASEAN Para Games on: minister
Jakarta (ANTARA) – Minister of Youth and Sports Zainudin Amali said that his ministry is working to complete preparations for the 2022 ASEAN Para Games, which Indonesia will host in Solo, Central Java, in July this year.
During a meeting with the Indonesia Paralympic Committee (NPC) on Wednesday, he noted that there are several aspects that have to be prepared starting from the venue, accommodation, and transportation.
“Because we are the host, we will also discuss infrastructure readiness. We listed which ones need major renovation, which ones need minor renovation,” he informed in a statement posted on his ministry’s website on Wednesday.
“Accommodation, transportation, and other such matters will be the responsibility of the central government, but the one who executes them on the field as the committee head is Surakarta (Solo) mayor,” he said.
The time to prepare for the ASEAN Para Games is quite short with only five months remaining, the minister admitted.
However, he assured that the government is committed to making all the necessary preparations.
“We will coordinate it with other ministries. I have reported to the State Secretariat Minister and Finance Minister. Insyallah (God willing), everybody supports this,” he remarked.
Meanwhile, Indonesia NPC secretary general Rima Ferdianto said that several issues were discussed during the meeting with the Youth and Sports Ministry, such as major renovations for the pool venue.
The pool requires major renovations since the floor and the pool depth have to be changed, he explained.
“Currently, the pool is only 1.35 m, 2.20 m deep. The international standard is at least 2.5 m,” he said.
Indonesia officially became the host of the 2022 ASEAN Para Games with the release of a decision letter by the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) on January 14.
Indonesia replaced Vietnam, who resigned as host and announced it will only hold the SEA Games in May this year..