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Jakarta Post

Athletes sidelined as Indonesian sports managers prioritize money, power

  • Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 19, 2019   /  11:40 am
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A man passes a wall with murals criticizing the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI), which faces allegations of match fixing, in Bogor, West Java, on Nov. 18. To the left of the man is the sentence “PSSI is full of controversy”, while the right reads “Timnas [national team] in crisis, the federation is apathetic” and “ramshackle PSSI”.(Antara/Arif Firmansyah)

Athletes should be placed on the main stage of the sporting world; all efforts must be centered on boosting their skills and providing a supporting environment for them. Ideal conditions in sports could have a massive trickledown effect on a nation, from solid campaigns over the benefits of maintaining physical fitness by doing sports to the development of sport-based industries that would boost a country’s economy and accelerate social welfare. It is never an easy task, however, to achieve such ideal conditions. The biggest challenge is the details. Amid the hustle bustle of Indonesian sports this year, many critics have stated that Indonesian sports is going nowhere. We are trapped by jargon and propaganda but always fail to stay loyal in executing and safeguarding good quality programs for our athletes. It gets worse as internal conflicts and harmful practices like matc...