Conditional approval for Indonesia to host the Asean Para Games -APSF
KUALA LUMPUR: The Board of Governors (BoG) of the Asean Para Sports Federation (APSF) voted for Indonesia to host the 11th Asean Para Games (APG) after original host Vietnam last year decided to suspend the games citing the Covid-19 -Cancel Pandemic.
Indonesia has proposed to hold the APG in Solo (Surakarta) from July 20th to 31st this year and offer 13 sports at different locations in the city of Central Java, where in 2011 the 6th edition of the APG was held.
However, the APSF said the approval was conditional and conditional on Indonesia being relieved of the current sanction imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) for “nonconformities” in the implementation of an effective testing program .
According to the APSF, a majority of the presidents of their respective National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) discussed Indonesia’s bid as an alternative host at an emergency meeting convened practically yesterday, which was attended by eight countries, including Malaysia.
Indonesia was awarded the contract to host the Games after six members voted in favor while one country opposed. Singapore and Brunei were absent, while Indonesia was left out of the vote as an interested party.
APSF President Maj-Gen Osoth Bhavilai said that although the issue of government involvement, support and funding has been settled, Indonesia now has one month until February 15 to persuade Wada to lift the sanction.
“The BoG will convene a special session on February 17 to deliberate and ensure all requirements, including strict Covid-19 procedures, are met before Indonesia is officially announced as host of the 11th APG,” he said in a statement.