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Southeast Asian Games organisers insist the event will be a roaring success, but a raft of problems including corruption and unfinished venues threatens to turn it into a laughing stock.
Drawing 11 nations in sports from athletics and swimming to sepak takraw — a cross between football and volleyball — the biennial Games will be held in the Indonesian capital Jakarta and Palembang in South Sumatra from Friday.
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The omens for the 26th SEA Games have been bad since the ruling party’s treasurer allegedly pocketed $3 million in bribes from a firm seeking tenders to build the athletes village, and then fled to Colombia with the spoils.
And the potential for a shambolic start to the showpiece event, echoing the embarrassment heaped on India’s Commonwealth Games, has been heightened by the failure to finish venues or provide enough rooms for athletes and visitors.
The chaotic build-up has seen Indonesian navy ships drafted in for extra bed space, while food poisoning has reportedly laid low players from several football teams staying at one five-star hotel. Under the slogan “United and Rising”, the SEA Games were designed to showcase Indonesia’s rise as a regional powerhouse, with a booming economy backed by a massive 245 million population.
Defiant organisers Inasoc say the show will go on — even if they are still putting “finishing touches” to some venues. “It’s God’s will that the Games will run smoothly. We’ve been working hard for a long time under difficult circumstances, but I’m confident the Games will go well,” Inasoc chairwoman Rita Subowo told AFP.
“We have finally finished the venues, but we are putting finishing touches on them, like scoreboards and mattresses for the wrestling matches.” But the critics are circling. On Wednesday, a top Philippine sports official branded the event “the most chaotic” ever, according to a report in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, citing a lack of rooms and transport as the most pressing problems.
The Singapore Straits Times reported that a stomach bug struck football players from Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Indonesia who are staying at a leading Jakarta hotel. And as the Games torch reached Palembang on Sumatra island, an AFP correspondent saw thousands of workers still rushing to complete basic drainage.
Inasoc has been forced to convert navy ships into floating hotels for its staff because Palembang hotel rooms are fully booked for athletes, media and officials. Back in Jakarta, about 500 kilometres (300 miles) away, there are concerns the capital’s notoriously gridlocked roads will be made impassable by the 12,000 athletes, officials and staff expected at the Games, as well as thousands of spectators.
City officials have pledged to cordon off roads to allow athletes speedy access and schools will be closed for the duration of the November 11-22 event to help clear vehicles from the streets. “Traffic is always bad in Jakarta but when they start blocking roads, it can be impossible to get anywhere,” said Sumanta, a motorcycle taxi driver who has struggled to work through major events in the past.
Although it will be largely ignored by the rest of the world, the Games are big news in Southeast Asia, capturing the imagination of the competing nations, with dozens of gold medals and regional bragging rights up for grabs.
It also gives smaller nations such as Singapore and Brunei the chance to emerge from the shadow of Asia’s big guns — China, India, Japan and South Korea. The 2009 edition in Laos saw Thailand claim 86 golds out of 372 — just three clear of Vietnam and double third-placed Indonesia’s tally.
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