However, the approval is conditional and subjected to Indonesia being cleared off the current sanction imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) on Indonesia due to “non-conformities in implementing an effective testing program”.
In an emergency meeting convened virtually yesterday, the majority of the Presidents of the respective National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) deliberated on Indonesia’s bid to be the alternative host of the 11th Asean Para Games following the cancellation by Vietnam on Nov 13 last year.
Indonesia was given the nod to stage the Games with six members voting in favour while one country was against. Singapore and Brunei were absent while Indonesia, as an interested party, was excluded from the voting process.
Indonesia has proposed that the Games be held in Solo from July 20-31, offering 13 sports at various venues.
The APSF BoG, comprising presidents (or alternates) of all NPCs, is the Federation’s highest decision-making body. Eight presidents/alternates of the region’s NPCs - Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam - were present in the meeting which took place last Saturday (Jan 15) and was chaired by H.E. Yi Veasna of Cambodia.
“While the issue of government commitment, support and funding has been settled, the Wada issue is still pending. Indonesia has requested an extension of one month to work on the lifting of the sanction by Wada.
APSF has agreed to Indonesia’s request to be given more time to overcome the issues in collaboration with Indonesia’s National Anti Doping Organisation (NADO).
“As such, the BoG has set a deadline of Feb 15 for Indonesia to sort out the issue and eventually ensure that the Wada’s non-compliance declaration is lifted. The BoG will convene a special meeting on Feb 17 to deliberate and ensure that all requirements, including strict COVID-19 procedures, are met before officially announcing Indonesia as host of the 11th Asean Para Games,” said APSF President, Major General Osoth Bhavilai.
The Board were in consensus that Indonesia’s right to host the Games will be revoked if the Wada issue is not settled by Feb 15 to avoid any inconvenience to participating contingents, athletes and officials.
Meanwhile, NPC Indonesia President, Senny Marbun thanked the BoG for its confidence and trust, adding that preparation work for the Games are already underway.
Having organised two major Para Games in the last 10 years – the 6th Asean Para Games in Solo in 2011 and the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Senny assured that all facilities, technical requirements and preparations for the upcoming 11th Asean Para Games are in place.