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Using sports as political vehicle must end in Indonesia, experts say

  • Ramadani Saputra and Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, February 5, 2020   /  06:50 am
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The intersection of sports and politics can be seen in National Intelligence Agency chief Budi Gunawan (pictured), who also serves as the head of the Indonesia Esports Association.(Antara/Shofi Ayudiana)

Sports experts have spoken out against allowing high-ranking public officials or those with strong political backgrounds to lead a sports association, arguing it could end up being counterproductive to the development of sports if the officials lack the proven track record and skill set to run any such association. Though there are no regulations that prohibit political figures from running sports associations, experts in the field say that these kinds of people are prone to “hijacking” their respective associations for the purpose of improving their public image, all the while contributing little toward making substantive improvements to the industry. Chief of the Indonesian Sports Scientist Association Joko Pekik Irianto said it was harmful for those in power to use a sports association as a political instrument to gain popularity as it often resulted in putting sport...