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Jakarta Post

KOI defends chief’s involvement in Jokowi campaign team

  • Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 14 2018   /  12:36 am

Erick Thohir (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)The Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) has come out in defense of head Erick Thohir’s appointment as the Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Ma’aruf Amin national campaign team chief, stating that it did not violate the Olympic Charter.

KOI sport development commission chief Harry Warganegara said the charter provided enough room for politics and sports to mingle.

“It provides enough space for politics and sports to mingle as long as they honor each other’s autonomy. Thus we don’t see any reason that Erick’s involvement violated anything,” Harry added on Thursday.

He then cited the fact that the National Olympic Committee’s (NOC) chief positions in Singapore and Cambodia were filled by state officials. Singapore’s Workforce Minister Tan Chuan Jin has served as NOC chief since 2014, while Cambodia has entrusted Tourism Minister...