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Jakarta Post

Nation’s sports system in need of change, experts say

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 23 2019   /  12:34 am

Discourse on the 2005 National Sports System Law has picked up, with several influential people in the country’s sports landscape calling for the law to be reassessed by reaffirming the roles of those on the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) and National Sports Council (KONI).Indonesia recognizes the two as NGOs that work hand-in-hand with the Youth and Sports Ministry in managing the country’s sports.The KOI’s main role is to represent Indonesia at international sporting events, make bids to host events and organize international events at home. Meanwhile, KONI handles sports development and other domestic matters.Erick Thohir, former KOI chief whose term ended two weeks ago, said the roles of the two NGOs overlapped, which hampered the development of sports nationwide.He reasoned that, given the many changes that had taken place in the world of sports since the law was issued, i...