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Jakarta Post

Asian Games: Flood of bonuses await Indonesian medalists

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Palembang, South Sumatra   /   Wed, August 29, 2018   /   06:58 pm
Asian Games: Flood of bonuses await Indonesian medalists The Indonesian contingent marches during the opening ceremony of the Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno in Jakarta on Aug. 18, 2018. (Inasgoc via Antara/Boy T. Harjanto)

The cash-strapped government has allocated over Rp 178 billion (US$12 million) in cash bonuses to be awarded to Indonesian athletes who win medals at the ongoing Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, as well as their coaches.

Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi signed on Tuesday a decree detailing the bonus recipients and the amount they will receive. He said Wednesday the bonuses would be transferred to all the medalists after the conclusion of the Asian Para Games in Jakarta on Oct. 13.

The transfer will be made after the Para Games as the government also plans to provide bonuses to Indonesian medalists in the sporting event for people with disabilities.

Each individual gold medalist competing in a singles event will receive Rp 1.5 billion, while in doubles the amount is set at Rp 1 billion and in team events at Rp 750 million. Their coaches will earn between Rp 450 million and Rp 600 million each and their assistants between Rp 300 million and Rp 375 million.

Silver and bronze medal winners and their coaches and assistant coaches will receive between Rp 100 million and Rp 500 million.

The ministerial decree says the budget for bonuses assumes Indonesia will win 30 gold, 24 silver and 34 bronze medals by the end of the Asian Games on Sept. 2.

As of Wednesday at 6 p.m. Indonesia has collected 30 gold medals, 22 silvers and 36 bronzes.