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Jakarta Post

Preparations for the SEA Games still mired in chaos

  • Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 25 2011   /  07:00 am

Ready for inaction: A pedestrian walks past a SEA Games banner on the National Sports Committee (KONI) building in Jakarta on Tuesday. Preparations for the regional event that will take place in November in Jakarta and Palembang have been mired by corruption allegations and construction delays. JP/R. Berto Wedhatama With only 170 days to go before the 26th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Jakarta and Palembang, there are few signs that preparations for the biennial event are underway in the capital.

Amid the possibility that Indonesia faces being banned from hosting and competing in the soccer event due to a crisis in its soccer association, the country also faces more serious problems.

Organizers of the Jakarta side of the event are still waiting for the central government to disburse Rp 7 billion (US$ 815,000) for promotional costs.

“We have a bank account set up a...