Olympic Council of Asia News Update
KOI Pushes for Better Cooperation in OCA Assembly
 15 Dec 2020
Writer : NOC Team
KOI Pushes for Better Cooperation in OCA Assembly - Indonesia Olympic Commitee
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Towards the 2030 Asian Games host's election, the Indonesian Olympic Committee President, Raja Sapta Oktohari, pushes for unity and closer cooperation among NOCs in Asia.

Doha and Riyadh are competing in a two-horse race to be the 2030 Asian Games host, and the Olympic Council Asia's members will cast their votes in the 39th OCA General Assembly in Muscat, Oman, on Wednesday.

Both candidates have actively approached NOCs, including the Indonesian Olympic Committee. And, Okto considers the 39th OCA General Assembly as an opportunity to push for closer cooperation between NOCs to improve Asian countries' sports performance.

"We don't want any losing side in this meeting. Instead, we want a win-win situation. Therefore, we push other NOCs to support win-win solution to maintain unity in Asia," he said on Tuesday.

He added that the OCA members welcome Indonesia as the country successfully organized the 2018 Asian Games and Asian Para Games. Moreover, votes from Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries are considered necessary.

Doha and Riyadh have fierce competition to host the 2030 Asian Games. The OCA had assessed two cities and declared that both cities are ready to host the Games. Doha had previous experience hosting the 2006 Asian Games, while Riyadh is looking for its first experience.

Okto also said that Indonesia's delegation was actively open communications with all Asian sports stakeholders to improve Indonesian sports performance.

"It's the first time we participate in an international meeting since I took office. We want to make the best of it by cast a vote and extending our network with international sports federations to improve Indonesia's sports performance. The international federations are also very open for cooperation in term of training and developing sports in Indonesia," he said.

Before attending the OCA General Assembly, the delegation met Indonesian Ambassador for Oman Sultanate, Mohamad Irzan Djohan.