NOC Indonesia map out SEA Games challenge as kick-off looms large - Indonesia Olympic Commitee

NOC Indonesia map out SEA Games challenge as kick-off looms large

Indonesian Olympic News Update   29 Mar 2022

The National Olympic Committee of Indonesia (NOC Indonesia) moved quickly to map the challenges of SEA Games 2021 in Vietnam. The results will be formulated into a booklet to be distributed to all National Federations (NFs).

NOC Indonesia's Secretary-General, Ferry Kono, said there is plenty of homework left to do heading to the 31st SEA Games on 12-23 May. Among them are games venue clusters, reinforcing the health and safety protocol and games regulations - a particular concern of NFs.

"We plan to distribute a booklet containing regulations for the SEA Games in Vietnam. It includes venues cluster map, as several venues are located in different cities," said Ferry, Thursday (24/3).

Based on the last Chef de Mission (CdM) meeting, the 31st SEA Games will have 12 clusters of venues. Ha Noi will be the central hub with 11 cities supporting it, including Hoa Binh, Bac Giang, Quang Ninh, Bac Ninh, Vinh Phuc, Hai Phong, Ninh Binh, Nam Dinh, Phu Tho, Ha Nam, and Hai Duong.

"With these scattered locations, we will work effectively - including enlisting the help of the Indonesian Embassy in Vietnam. We will also seek the help of Indonesians in Vietnam, so the size of the headquarters will be sleek, and we can work efficiently," adds Ferry.

Regarding health and safety protocol, Ferry said that the SEA Games Organizing Committee (VIESGOC) has put in place a semi-bubble system with spectators present at the Games. Athletes will be tested daily before competing.

"There will be antigen test daily, but we have yet to receive a full breakdown of the regulation from VIESGOC. Such as whether an athlete will be disqualified or match will be postponed if there's a positive case. We will seek further information on this matter," adds Ferry.

On the other hand, NOC Indonesia has received a technical handbook for each sport. NFs can access this material on NOC Indonesia's official website (www.nocindonesia.id) since early March.

Regarding PP Perbasi (the NF of Basketball in Indonesia) question on the status of naturalization players, Ferry said that VISGOC had addressed the matter. That said, NOC Indonesia must also uphold the principles of the Olympic Charter.

Article 2 of Rule 41 on the Nationality of Competitor stated that "a competitor who has represented one country in the Olympic Games, in continental or regional games or in world or regional championships recognised by the relevant IF, and who has changed his nationality or acquired a new nationality, may participate in the Olympic Games to represent his new country provided that at least three years have passed since the competitor last represented his former country. This period may be reduced or even cancelled, with the agreement of the NOCs and IF concerned, by the IOC Executive Board, which takes into account the circumstances of each case."
 
"VIESGOC has addressed PP Perbasi's question on the status of naturalized players. There is no limit in place, but we must also consider the rule within Olympic Charter, and we will pass this information to Perbasi," Ferry concludes.

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