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Jakarta Post

Planned race in GBK scrapped following protests

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 24, 2019   /  07:26 am
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Fireworks light up Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Senayan, Central Jakarta, during the opening ceremony for the 2018 Asian Para Games in October last year. A plan to hold a car race at the sports complex next month has been met with public outcry.( INAPGOC/TJPimages/David Caessare)

Following mounting protests regarding a plan to hold a car race in the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium, Central Jakarta in October, the GBK Complex Management Center (PPK GBK) has decided to scrap the plan after a meeting with the organizers. PPK GBK head Winarto said on Tuesday he had attended a meeting with the Jakarta branch of the Indonesia Motor Association (IMI) and organizer of Mandiri I SEE Fest 2019 yesterday to discuss the controversy. The meeting, which took place on Monday afternoon, ended with a conclusion to cancel the GBK race and scrap it from the festival’s series of events slated to be held from Sept. 27 until Oct. 6. Winarto said the GBK had asked the committee to hold the race in the afternoon, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when people are not swarming the ring road area. During that short amount of time, the committee would have had to set up and then take...