President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has suggested two provinces would be enough for Indonesia
to host the upcoming 26th SEA Games, to reduce operational costs and make the games easier to organize, a sports coordinator says.
Indonesia had initially proposed four provinces to host the games, namely Central Java, West Java, Jakarta and South Sumatra.
On Tuesday, Yudhoyono held a closed meeting on the upcoming SEA Games with several sports coordinators and ministers, including National Sports Committee (KONI) chairwoman Rita
Subowo, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Andi Malarangeng and KONI South Sumatra chairman Mudai Madang.
Mudai quoted the President as saying some countries, such as Cambodia and Lao, could not afford to join the games if it was going to be held in four provinces.
South Sumatra has been selected as the venue for the opening ceremony for the biennial event, Mudai said.
“Palembang is ready to host 20 sports for the games,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.