The fact that the administration and several venues are not ready yet, made the Islamic Solidarity Games (ISG) which was initially scheduled to be held in Pekanbaru, Riau, is finally moved to Jakarta. The event that supposed to be held on June 6-17 had to be delayed to September 22 to October 1.
"At the beginning we tried to hold ISG in Pekanbaru, but recent development made us take action to save the face of Indonesia. The allocated budget of 240 billion has not been liquidated until now, whereas the committee had to close down the construction on the stadium three times because the regional government failed to pay the promised fund," said Roy Suryo, Youth and Sport State Minister (Menegpora), at Jakarta City Hall, Tuesday (4/30).
Besides, Riau Governor, Rusli Zainal, had been named as a suspect in a corruption case. Furthermore, most sport venues in Riau are still not up to international standards. "Thus, we have to take desperate measures so Indonesia could still hold this event.In addition, as far as Islamic Solidarity Sport Federation`s (ISSF) knowledge, the event is to be held in Pekanbaru," he explained.
Suryo mentioned that many institutions such as ISSF, Indonesia Olympic Committee (KOI) and academicians all have qualms about holding the event in Riau. "They are all worried the event would be included in KPK`s investigation regarding the governor`s corruption. Therefore, I must take immediate action," he asserted.
He also thanked Jakarta Provincial Government, which has received the delegation of the event. More than 50 countries are recorded participating in the ISG this year. ISSF parties have also agreed on the location displacement and schedule postponement. “I am responsible for the displacement and I apologize to Riau citizens," he said.
Jakarta Governor, Joko Widodo does not mind the location displacement of the ISG implementation to Jakarta. Jakarta is considered ready to implement such international event, because similar events have often held. "Jakarta has often held a similar event. We are given credence to the center. It is conducted for national interest," exclaimed Jokowi.
He is also ready to use City Budget in implementing the ISG event in Jakarta. As planned, the budget will be proposed in the amendment City Budget. "If the City Budget is needed, we will use amendment City Budget. But Mr. Minister had been calculated it fairly," he said.