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Jakarta Post

Asian Games: Organizers confiscate beer in athletes village

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 28, 2018   /   06:55 pm
Asian Games: Organizers confiscate beer in athletes village The athlete's village in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, on Feb. 26. (The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana)

The Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) has confiscated bottled and canned beer brought by athletes and officials into the athletes village in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta.

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) prohibits alcohol in the village.

INASGOC secretary-general Harry Warganegara said drinking beer was common for some athletes, especially after a competition.

Nevertheless, the practice is forbidden, he said.

"The OCA prohibits [any alcoholic beverages] as well as smoking in the athlete’s village," Harry said.

INASGOC also prohibits athletes and officials from bringing in food.

As some delegates stayed for more than a week in the village, those who were bored with the meals provided in the facility tried to buy dishes from nearby eateries, said Harry.

Nevertheless, a security check would stop them from bringing the food up into their rooms.

“It’s a precaution. We don’t want to be blamed if something happens,” he added.

The village offers a wide range of culinary options, from Indonesian food to Central Asian, Arabian and international dishes.

To cater to all the delegates, especially athletes who are required to conduct doping tests in the evenings, organizers had to extend the dining hall’s operational hours to 12 a.m. every day. (nkn)