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Jakarta Post

Sports ministry's fate in question

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 20 2019   /  12:27 am

The naming of former youth and sports minister Imam Nahrawi a suspect in a bribery case has once again undermined the ministry’s credibility, especially ahead of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and 2020 Olympics. Sports expert Tandiyo Rahayu of Semarang State University said she saw a positive point about forming a special body to focus on managing the country’s sports. Prior to Imam being named a suspect in the case, it was rumored that the ministry would be dissolved in the upcoming Cabinet and a new agency would be formed.“If the rumor is true, I personally agree with the plan to form the National Sports Body. I think it will be better for the development of Indonesian sports,” Tandiyo told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. “It will be even better to fill the body with professionals in sports who have the knowledge for building national sports, instead of hiring politicians...