NOC Indonesia to Coordinate with Sports Ministry regarding WADA Sanctions - Indonesia Olympic Commitee

NOC Indonesia to Coordinate with Sports Ministry regarding WADA Sanctions

NOC Indonesia News Update   11 Oct 2021

The Indonesian Olympic Committee is ready to help sports stakeholders finding the best solution as the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, slaps sanctions on the Indonesian Anti-Doping Body, LADI.

President of the Indonesian Olympic Committee Raja Sapta Oktohari said the Committee regretted the decision because it might affect Indonesia's roles in the world sports scene.

"We're very sorry such an incident happened. Though it's not part of our scope of work, we're very concerned because it might impact Indonesia's role in the world sports scene. We will work together with the sports ministry to find the best solution," Okto said on Friday.

On Oct. 7, WADA officially announced Indonesia National Anti-Doping Organization are among five anti-doping organization have been declared non-compliant with the WADA Code. 

As WADA stated in its official websites, LADI is declared non-compliant due to non-conformities in implementing an effective testing program.

As a result of LADI's non-compliant, Indonesia, as the signatory country, faces the consequences, including not being awarded the right to host regional, continental, or world championships or events organized by major event organizers for the entire period of non-compliance.

Furthermore, Indonesia will not be allowed to fly the national flag at regional, continental, or world championships or events organized by major event organizers, other than at the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games for the next edition of that event or until reinstatement, whichever is longer.

Okto said the Committee hoped LADI could solve the matters, and all stakeholders should take lessons from this.

"We should take important lessons from this. If we want to compete and have exemplary achievements at the world level, we must comply with international regulations. The International Olympic Committee is the world governing body for sports, while WADA governs the anti-doping movement. There will be a punishment when the rules are breached. So, we deservedly respect and obey the regulations," he said.

He added that it's crucial to find the best solution as Indonesia has competed in several international competitions. Indonesia will also host international events in November and December.

"We have to find the solution to help the national federations execute their program. Athletes have also prepared themselves for a long time. The Indonesian Olympic Committee will do anything it can. But, we need to address the matters immediately," Okto said.

"We don't want Indonesia to take part in a multisport event without our national flag, like Russia in the Tokyo Games. The national flag and national anthem are our pride."

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